Thousands of Protesters marched in parts of Southern India as they came out on the roads to condemn a new citizenship law Today.
Protesters in Southern Hyderabad and Bengaluru cities carried Indian Flags, posters, placards, and raised slogans as they demanded the government to repeal the Law.
In Southern Chennai city, President of Regional Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Party, M. K. Stalin staged a massive rally to protest the act.
The Citizenship Amendment Act Aims to fast-track Citizenship for persecuted Hindus, Parsis, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Christians who arrived in India before December 31, 2014, from Muslim-Majority Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
The passing of the bill on December 11 triggered widespread demonstrations across India that claimed over two dozen lives so far.
In Delhi thousands of people, protesting against a controversial citizenship law, have gathered outside one of India’s oldest Mosques in Delhi.
Police briefly detained Chandrashekhar Azad, a Dalit leader who defied orders to halt a march from Jama Masjid in Old Delhi.
But Mr Azad managed to escape during a scuffle between his supporters and the police, as they tried to detain him.
Indian officials also shut down mobile internet services in several cities in anticipation of more protests.
Police in Delhi shut the route to Jama Masjid, and closed down metro stations in the vicinity.
The protest is continuing as the crowd outside the mosque swells.
A rally by opposition MP Asaddudin Owaisi is underway in Hyderabad city; and more protests are expected in Bangalore city, where thousands of people took to the streets.
Three people died and thousands were detained during Thursday’s protests, which turned violent in some parts of the country.
Mobile data services have been shut in Lucknow and Mangalore cities and some parts of WEST Bengal state. Several areas in uttar Pradesh State are also affected.
The new law – known as the citizenship amendment act (CAA) – offers citizenship to non-Muslim illegal immigrants from three neighbouring countries.