So far, three people are reported to have been killed in these protests, while hundreds of people have been detained. In the meantime, section 144 was implemented on behalf of the administration in Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka including the capital Delhi.
Internet services were also disrupted in many parts of the country. Also, many metro stations in the capital Delhi were also closed on Thursday.
Under the new citizenship law, there is a provision for granting citizenship of India to illegal non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Critics of these laws say that this will affect India’s secular image, they believe that religion should not be made the basis of citizenship. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that all these concerns are baseless and the opposition is working to spread misconceptions in the context of this law.
Protests and three deaths occurred in many places
Thousands of people took to the streets across the country on Thursday in protest against this law. According to news agency PTI, two people have died in police firing during protests in Mangaluru, Karnataka.
It is being told that some people were trying to set fire to a police station in Mangaluru, in response to which the police opened fire on the protesters.
Police commissioner PS Harsha told reporters that curfew has been imposed in the city and they are currently waiting for the postmortem report of the dead.
Our associate journalist Emraan Qureshi from Bengaluru said that the administration has stopped internet services in Mangaluru for 48 hours.
Another person died in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh. There was a clash between protesters and policemen. In the afternoon, several buses were also set on fire by the protesters.
State Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath warned that strict action will be taken against those who have committed violence.
In Uttar Pradesh, mobile Internet services and SMS services have been banned for the next 45 hours.
Police arrested 1200 protesters from Delhi’s Lal Quila area for violating prohibitory orders.
People from different classes join the protest
Apart from the common people, people from different classes also participated in the protests in different parts of the country. These include political parties, student organizations, social workers and people from the film world.
The police also detained famous historian Ramchandra Guha, who took part in the protest organized in Bengaluru. At the same time, political activist Yogendra Yadav was arrested in Delhi.
In the BBC program NewsR, Ramchandra Guha said that he was detained by the police along with hundreds of others. He said, “It shows that a large section of Indians are against this divisive law.”
In Mumbai too, hundreds of people took to the streets to protest against this law. Many Bollywood film stars and directors also opposed this law.
Actor Farhan Akhtar, who came out to protest at August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai, said that people have the right to register their protest in a peaceful manner. He said that discrimination is inherent in this law.
What is the Citizenship Amendment Act?
There has been a protest in the northeast of India about the Citizenship Amendment Act, which aims to relax the rules for granting Indian citizenship to non-Muslim illegal migrants from neighboring countries Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
This time it may have become a law, but even before this the Modi government had tried to pass it. It was passed in the Lok Sabha on 8 January this year during the first term of the Modi government.
But after this violent opposition started in the Northeast, after which the government did not introduce it in Rajya Sabha. With the completion of the term of the government, this bill ended automatically.