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Two persons killed due to Indian police firing at protesters

14 December, 2019 16:00

Two persons killed due to Indian police firing at protesters while the demonstrators were protesting controversial amendment bill. 

The police firing left twenty five people injured. Furthermore, police also arrested eighty-five and detained thousands. Violent protests against the new citizenship law across the Assam state continued unabated.

However, violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill spread to more areas in West Bengal.  Hence, India imposed curfew in many other cities.

Moreover, protesters also set several police vehicles on fire in Guwahati and Dibrugarh. The curfew is still in force in these cities for the second consecutive day.

Protesters torched at least fifteen buses on an expressway in West Bengal state, holding up traffic for several hours.

At least half a dozen railway stations in the state were also vandalized and set on fire, leading to the cancellation of many long-distance trains.

Chief of India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen Asaduddin Owaisi has filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act.

US and UK issued alert

Meanwhile, United States and Britain issued travel warnings for northeast India.

Samujjal Bhattacharya from the All Assam Students Union remains at the forefront of the protests. He told AFP the group would continue its fight against the new law “in the streets and in the court” in India.

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