Indian government has imposed internet shutdown and restrictions at various places, after three persons died and many injured in protests against a new citizenship law. Curfew has been imposed in the southern city of Mangaluru in Karnataka state, where two protesters were killed after police opened fire, Indian media reported on Friday (Dec 20).
The internet shutdown has been widened to several other towns in Uttar Pradesh. Apart from Lucknow, the cities facing internet shutdowns are Ghaziabad near Delhi, Pilibhit, Sambhal, Bareilly and Meerut. In Lucknow, the internet will remain suspended till Saturday noon, according to a government order.
The widespread protests rocked India on Thursday, against the controversial new citizenship law, which is seen as discriminatory against Muslims. Protesters in various states defied bans on public assembly, prompting authorities to detain hundreds of activists, including prominent historian Ramachandra Guha, politicians, and top civil society activists.
Earlier, on Wednesday (Dec 11) India’s parliament passed a contentious citizenship bill which granted citizenship to to illegal immigrants who entered India from three neighboring countries before 2015, excluding Muslims. This bill is considered as the part of the RSS ideology which is filled with hate for Muslims.
According to the bill Now, there will be an exception for members of six religious minority communities – Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian – if they can prove that they are from Pakistan, Afghanistan or Bangladesh. They will only have to live or work in India for six years to be eligible for citizenship by naturalisation, the process by which a non-citizen acquires the citizenship or nationality of that country.
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