Three protesters were shot dead on Thursday, taking the death toll to nine in the wave of anger that is emerging to be a major challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The law is making it easier for persecuted minorities from three neighbouring countries to get citizenship-unless they are Muslim. The 200 strong Indian Muslims fear that Modi wants to remould India as a Hindu nation, which he denies.
Thousands of protesters on Thursday hit the streets nationwide, with violence erupting in several places including Lucknow in the north, Mangalore in the south, and Modi’s home state of Gujarat.
Mangalore security forces opened fire on a crowd of around 200 people after they ignored orders to disperse, killing two people, police spokesman Qadir Shah told AFP. Four others were admitted to the hospital with gunshot wounds.
“They marched towards the busiest area of Mangalaru. This led to lathi (big, wooden sticks) charge. Then the tear gas was fired. When the protestors still didn’t stop, the police had to open fire,” he said, using an alternate name for the city.
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