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Curfew, internet shutdown to control protests in India

Curfew, internet shutdown to control protests in India

India’s government has imposed special measures to control the street protests caused by the new citizenship law. Internet shutdown and curfew aimed at the curbing the mass protests, during which three persons died and many injured.

The authorities of the southern city of Mangaluru in Karnataka state announced curfew after two protesters were killed after police opened fire. One more person died from injuries in Lucknow, according to the doctors from the King George Medical University in the city.

“Curfew has been clamped in the jurisdiction of Mangaluru Police Commissionerate covering the city, till Dec. 22 midnight. Mobile internet data services have been suspended in Dakshina [southern] Kannada till Saturday night,” said The Hindu on Friday.

The internet shutdown has been widened to several other towns in Uttar Pradesh. In Lucknow, the internet will remain suspended till Dec 21 noon, according to an official order.

The state of Assam became the place of scale violence on Friday. Police chief G P Singh warned locals to remain extra cautious while posting on social media platforms.

New citizenship law caused street protests in India

The widespread protests rocked India on Thursday, against the controversial new citizenship law, which is seen as discriminatory against Muslims.

The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed last week grants citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, Buddhists, and Christians from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh but blocks naturalization for Muslims. Under CAA, 180 million Muslim population would be made to prove citizenship.