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Two dead in India as police fire at demo against citizenship bill

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Police in northeast India opened fire Thursday on a crowd demonstrating against a new citizenship bill, killing two people and wounding several others.

Federal authorities deployed thousands of paramilitaries and blocked mobile internet access in the region to counter the protesters.

Local police, who joined the paramilitaries in clashes with demonstrators breaking curfew in Guwahati, in Assam state, opened fire on the crowd with both blank and live rounds.

India’s Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), passed by the upper house of parliament on Wednesday, allows for the fast-tracking of citizenship applications from religious minorities from three neighbouring countries, but not Muslims.

The two demonstrators killed by police were among a large group being treated for various wounds at Guwahati Medical College and Hospital.

“A few of those people were brought in with bullet injuries. Two of those 21 people have died,” said Ramen Talukdar, a doctor at the hospital.

Separately, security was increased at the consulate of Bangladesh in Guwahati after a vehicle in the consul’s convoy was attacked Wednesday by mobs protesting the bill’s adoption, the foreign ministry in Dhaka said in a statement late Thursday.

Bangladesh “believes that the attack on the convoy” and the vandalization of sign posts near........

© Asian Correspondent