Police on Sunday struggled to bring an end to days of deadly protests amid rising tensions in India’s ethnically diverse northeast. The violence stems from a controversial citizenship bill that was passed on Wednesday. In Assam state’s biggest city, Guwahati, around 5,000 people took to the streets Sunday in a fresh demonstration, singing, chanting and carrying banners reading “long live Assam.” Security was high, with police and soldiers patrolling the streets in vehicles. The Sunday protest came as officials confirmed that six people had died in the violence in Assam state so far, according to AFP news agency, citing officials. Police shot and killed four protesters, while another person was killed after the shop he was sleeping in was set on fire. One person died after being beaten up during a protest. Watch video 03:33 Pakistani Hindus in India welcome new citizenship act Oil and gas production in Assam state was hit hard by curfews, but the government decided to relax these on Sunday and some shops reopened. In West Bengal state, protests stretched into a third day on Sunday. Demonstrators set fire to tires, staged sit-ins on highways and railway tracks, and torched trains and buses. Riot police were brought in to… Read full this story
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