Assam: 3 dead, 27 injured in protests over Citizenship (Amendment) Act

WION Web Team New Delhi Dec 15, 2019, 02.27 PM(IST)

Police officials use water canon on the activist during the protest against Citizen Ambedenment bill near Assam Secretariat at Dispur in Guwahati. Photograph:( ANI )

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Protests broke out in many parts of Assam and North-East following the passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 in Parliament and it later became an Act thereupon after Presidential assent on December 12.

At least three people have lost their lives so far while 27 sustained injuries in the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 in the state, reported news agency ANI. 

The information was provided by the government-run Guwahati Medical College Hospital where injured were given treatment, the report added.

Protests broke out in many parts of Assam and North-East following the passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 in Parliament and it later became an Act thereupon after Presidential assent on December 12.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, seeks to grant Indian citizenship to refugees from Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Parsi communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh and who entered India on or before December 31, 2014.

(With inputs from ANI)