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Police, protesters clash across India’s most populous state over citizenship law

Police and protesters clashed in several cities of India’s northern Uttar Pradesh state on Friday (December 20), during protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act after Friday prayers.

Gorakhpur Senior Superintendent of Police, Sunil Gupta said some protesters started pelting stones at police after Friday prayers, after which the authorities used force and dispersed them.

Further east in Bulandshahr city, police baton-charged on protesters to disperse them. A police vehicle was also set ablaze. In neighbouring Bhadohi district, some policemen were reported injured after clashing with protesters.

Violence was also reported from other parts of Uttar Pradesh state, India’s most populous, like Meerut and Ghaziabad, which local media reports said was eventually contained.

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