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India Protests Turn Deadly as Government Crackdown Deepens

  • Three reported killed in police firing across two states
  • Government firm, BJP leader says attach protesters’ property
Protesters in Allahabad on Dec. 20.
Protesters in Allahabad on Dec. 20.Photographer: Sanjay Kanojia/AFP via Getty Images
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India’s government doubled down on efforts to stem growing nationwide anger against a new religion-based citizenship law with continued curfew-like curbs in many areas and wider mobile internet shutdowns.

Five people died in protests in the state of Uttar Pradesh on Friday, the Press Trust of India reported, while political groups aligned with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party staged counter protests in favor of the controversial law. It comes a day after thousands defied the ban on public demonstrations and risked arrest to take a stand against the law.