23:55 GMT03 April 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Delhi has turned into a battlefield with two warring sides – those who support the new Citizenship law, and those who don’t. The battle has so far claimed the lives of 42 people, injured around 250 and led to widespread damage to property.

    Marchers in Central Delhi's Connaught Place have chanted slogans including “Desh Ke Gaddaron Ko, Goli Maro Saalon Ko” (Shoot the traitors of the Nation) and Bharat Mata Ki Jai (Hail Mother India).

    Several protestors holding India’s national flag and a photo of Intelligence Bureau member Ankit Sharma, who was killed during the three-day Delhi riots, marched through the street.

    ​The slogan gained prominence after it was raised by Bharatiya Janata Party parliamentarian Anurag Thakur on stage during a Delhi election campaign rally in January. The word ‘Traitor’ is a reference to anti-citizenship protestors. 

    Various civil rights organisations, student unions and members of the general public oppose the Citizenship Amendment Act, describing it as biased towards the Muslim community as the act conspicuously excludes Muslim immigrants from being granted citizenship. The government has denied allegations of discrimination.

    People chanted similar slogans in Rajiv Chowk metro station in Delhi on Saturday. It is one of the most crowded metro stations in the city and the incident took place during the rush hour. The Delhi police detained six people following the incident. A video shared on Twitter shows slogans being chanted.

    Delhi is trying to return to normal after witnessing severe riots that began on 23 February between the supporters and opponents of the Citizenship law. The violence began a day before the high-profile visit of US President Donald Trump to India. 




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