The death toll from violent protests in northeast India against an anti-Muslim citizenship law has risen to six, officials announced yesterday, as protests turned violent on Saturday in West Bengal state.
Tension remained high at the epicenter of the unrest in Assam state's biggest city, Guwahati, with troops patrolling the streets in vehicles amid tight security.
Some 5,000 people took part in a fresh demonstration in Guwahati yesterday, with hundreds of police watching on as they sang, chanted and carried banners with the words "long live Assam."
The legislation, passed by the national parliament on Wednesday, allows New Delhi to grant citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants who entered India from three neighboring countries on or before Dec. 31, 2014 -- excluding Muslims.
The anti-Muslim legislation caused uproar and the erupted protests resulted in the death of six people.
In Assam, four people died after being shot by police, while another was killed when a shop he was sleeping in was set on fire and a sixth after he was beaten up during a protest, officials said.
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