People supporting the new citizenship law beat a Muslim man during a clash with those opposing the law in New Delhi, India, February 24, 2020 - Sputnik International

Live Updates: Death Toll in Clashes Over Citizenship Law Rises to 34 as Uneasy Calm Settles in Delhi

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Mass rallies have been rocking the country since December 2019 when India introduced a law to pave the way for illegal immigrants from several religious minorities who faced persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan to obtain Indian citizenship. The law, however, excluded Muslim migrants from the list.

The situation in the Indian capital is believed to have calmed down since Wednesday when the death toll from the outburst of violence climbed to 34 people. Earlier this week, authorities imposed a curfew in certain areas of New Delhi in order to stop the numerous clashes between supporters and opponents of a controversial citizenship law that included stone-throwing and setting property on fire.

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The autopsy report states: "Multiple abrasions.. deep cut.. by sharp edge objects."

Ankit Sharma was found dead in violence-hit Chandbagh locality in northeast Delhi.

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People, affected by the clashes can get free-of-cost medical treatment at any private hospital under the Delhi government's Farishte scheme, State Chief Arvind Kejriwal announced, adding that the families of the deceased in protests would be paid around 2,000,000 rupees (around $27,000) each.

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"We call upon you (President) to ensure that life, liberty, and property of citizens are preserved. We also reiterate that you should immediately call for the removal of the Home Minister for his inability to contain violence", she stated.

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