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    A several-weeks-long wave of protests against a newly enacted citizenship law in India has already resulted in 25 people being killed and hundreds injured.

    An unidentified man has fired a shot at protesters near Jamia Millia University in New Delhi, injuring one person, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Thursday.

    Police have reportedly arrested the perpetrator, while the injured person, a postgraduate student, has been taken to a hospital.

    “As the students didn’t have permission to march so we had placed the barricades. We are trying to find out what exactly happened while the students were marching and who that person was,” said Chinmoy Biswal, Deputy Commissioner of police South-East district.
    Suspect behind the shooting at anti-citizenship law protest in Delhi
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    Suspect behind the shooting at anti-citizenship law protest in Delhi

    The perpetrator was reportedly live on Facebook at the time of the incident.

    ​At the same time, the authorities of New Delhi's metro has decided to close the entries and exits of three stations, namely Jama Masjid, ITO and Delhi Gate.

     

    The Citizenship Amendment Act or CAA was enacted by the federal government on 13 December. It seeks to provide citizenship to illegal immigrants from Hindu, Christian, Parsi, Jain and Buddhist backgrounds from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.  

    The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that no Indian citizen would be affected by the law as it "seeks to grant citizenship, not snatch it." Modi has also clarified that his cabinet has not considered a nationwide census to identify illegal immigrants.

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