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India citizenship law protests leave 18 dead – CNN International, CNN

India citizenship law protests leave 18 dead – CNN International, CNN


New Delhi, India (CNN)The death toll fromIndia’s protestsagainst thecontroversial new citizenship lawhas risen to********************************** (after************************************ people were killed in Uttar Pradesh, the country’s largest and most populous state on Friday.

Nine of the people died of gunshot wounds and the th victim was a child who died in the city of Varasani after being struck with a stone, according to Shirish Chand, an Uttar Pradesh police spokesman.

Three people were killed in protests in the cities of Mangalore and Lucknow on Thursday. Last week, five people died in north-eastern Assam state when protests there first erupted.

The law in question promises to fast-track citizenship for several religious minorities –but not Muslims.

People have taken to the streets across India in response to the new rules, which was passed into law last week, despite a ban on public gatherings in various regions now in place.

Following Thursday’s violence, police in Uttar Pradesh haveenforced a law banning public gatheringsof four or more people for the next (days.)****** The colonial-era restrictions – known as Section************************** – – were going to be imposed across the entire state, Avnish Awasthi, senior official in the Uttar Pradesh Home Department , told CNN.

Internet services in the state capital Lucknow will also remain suspended until Saturday evening, after protesters set fire to buildings and clashed with police on Thursday.

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