Shot fired at Indian protest against citizenship law

International Desk
30 January 2020, Thu
Published: 05:51 Updated: 06:23

Shot fired at Indian protest against citizenship law

An unidentified man has fired at a protest against India’s new citizenship law near a university in Delhi, wounding a student.

The man holding a gun shouted slogans against the protesters near Jamia Millia Islamia University, before firing at them, said, Witnesses. “The police stood nearby,” Ahmed Zahir, a witness, told to media.

Standing meters away from dozens of policemen outside the university, where more than 1,000 protesters had gathered for a march, he added.

Protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, which fast-tracks Indian citizenship for non-Muslim minorities from three neighboring countries, have flared since last December.

Some of the biggest protests have taken place near the university, which police stormed in December. On Thursday, police barricaded the road outside the university.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government insists the citizenship law is needed to help members of persecuted religious minorities who fled to India before 2015 from Muslim-majority Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

But protesters say the law, and a proposed national register for citizens discriminates against Muslims and violates India’s secular constitution.