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    India has been engulfed in mass protests against the so-called Citizenship Amendment Act since December 2019. The law provides a path to Indian citizenship for illegal immigrants from some religious minorities, but not Muslims.

    As mass protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act have been ongoing for several months, Monday's escalation of public disorder saw police firing tear gas and using canes, while protesters hurled rocks, and set houses, shops and vehicles on fire.

    The Monday mayhem has left at least seven people dead, including a police officer, while dozens were injured.

    The protests come amid the visit of US President Donald Trump to the Asian nation as people kept an eye on whether the US president would criticize Modi over the legislation. Trump, however, has refrained from commenting on the protests and the amended law.

    ​​The Citizenship Law Act grants Indian citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who entered India before 2015. Protesters allege the law is discriminatory on religious grounds and violates the secular nature of the Indian Constitution - something the government strongly denies.

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    • 12:47

      Ten Dead, 150 Injured in 24 Hours in New Delhi Protests

      The number of people killed in clashes during protests in India’s New Delhi against a controversial citizenship law has increased to 10, the Mumbai Mirror reported on Tuesday.

      Violent clashes erupted on Monday in the northeastern areas of the capital. According to Dr. Sunil Kumar, the medical superintendent of Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital, cited by the newspaper, the number of injured people admitted to GTB has reached 150.

      Moreover, at least 56 police personnel were among those injured, according to the New Delhi police spokesman, Mandeep Singh Randhawa. Randhawa also said that at least 130 civilians were injured in the protests.

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