UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The number of deaths during the riots and clashes in New Delhi, taking place against the backdrop of the entry into force of amendments to the citizenship law, rose to 13.
According to the NDTV channel, more than 150 people were injured, there are minors among the victims.
Previously, the channel reported nine dead.
On Tuesday evening, police began combing areas of the northeast of the capital, where the situation remains particularly tense. Law enforcement officers use tear gas.
The government of the Indian capital issued a decree according to which all private and public schools are temporarily closed. Mass events and meetings are prohibited. Curfews have been announced in the northeastern areas of the city.
Clashes erupted on Monday between groups of radical youth advocating for and against the controversial citizenship law.
Their participants threw stones and sticks at each other, engaged in fights with each other and in clashes with the police. Cases of the use of firearms are noted. During the clashes, several cars, shops and buildings, as well as a gas station, were set on fire.
The new version of the Indian Citizenship Act, which has already begun, provides for the simplified provision of Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from several countries in South Asia – Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh – if they are faced with harassment in their homeland. We are talking about people professing Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism and Christianity and living in these predominantly Muslim countries.
The amendments do not apply to citizens of other countries in the region, including Nepal and Sri Lanka, as well as Muslims. The law displeased the Indian Muslims, who believe that it violates the constitution, proclaiming equality for all, regardless of religion.
Those who disagree with the law have been holding protests throughout the country since December, often turning into riots.
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