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Muslim fury grows after protest deaths in India

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Muslim fury grows after protest deaths in India

Muslim fury grows after protest deaths in India

The death of five Muslim men during protests against a government law that many find discriminatory against Muslims has rocked the Northern Indian neighborhood of Meerut.

Jonah Green reports.

India has been convulsed by unrest after the government passed a new law that many see as discriminatory against Muslims, who make up 14 percent of the population.

Thousands have taken to the streets across India to demand the government rescind the Citizenship Amendment Act, which gives minorities who migrated from three neighboring countries a path to citizenship, except for Muslims. Critics say it is an attack on India's secular foundations.

Protests reached a violent crescendo on December 20th when five Muslim men were killed as a demonstrations flared in the northern Indian city of Meerut.

The families of the five dead men say they were shot and killed by police.

Reuters could not independently verify those accounts, and none of the more than 20 individuals Reuters interviewed saw police open fire.

Police say they used baton charges and tear gas, and opened fire to control the crowd but did not kill anyone.

Residents say police broke several CCTV cameras in the area before the violence began.

Reuters did review CCTV footage from two cameras on shops in the area.

In both cases, the footage ends abruptly after a policeman waving a baton is seen trying to hit the cameras.

Police say that the men must have been killed by violent armed protesters whose shots went astray.

An investigation into the violence is under way.

In the aftermath, distrust and anger between the Muslim community in the area where the deaths happened and security forces has deepened, as protests to the law enter their third week.




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