Five dead in protests against Indian citizenship law

GUWAHATI, India (AFP) – Five people died, including three after being shot by police, following violent protests in northeast India over a contentious citizenship law, with authorities maintaining Internet bans and curfews in some regions.

Tension remained high at the epicentre of the unrest in Assam state’s biggest city, Guwahati, with a fresh demonstration expected over the legislation even as some shops opened amid an easing of the curfew during the day.

The legislation, passed by the national parliament last Wednesday, allows New Delhi to grant citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants who entered India from three neighbouring countries on or before December 31, 2014.