Monday 27 January 2020

100 hospitalised as students join protests over new citizenship law

 

Students in Mumbai protest against the citizenship law
Students in Mumbai protest against the citizenship law

Joe Wallen

Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi appealed for calm yesterday as violent student-led protests against an "anti-Muslim" citizenship law continued for a fifth day.

Students from Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi took to the streets despite police firing tear gas and baton-charging protesters, accusing the government of introducing the legislation to suppress Muslims.

Some 100 people were sent to hospital and 50 students were arrested overnight.

Large protests also erupted in other major cities, including Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore. The Citizenship Amendment Act sets out rules that allow followers of six religions, including Christians, Sikhs and Hindus, who come from neighbouring countries, to become Indian citizens.

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However, Mr Modi did not extend the offer to Muslims. (© Daily Telegraph London)

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