Security clampdown in India to contain protests

Mobile internet services were on Friday suspended and security tightened in several areas of India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh, which has seen violent protests over a new citizenship law.

“The law and order is absolutely under control, we continue to have strategic deployment of forces,’’ Uttar Pradesh Police chief OP Singh said in the state capital, Lucknow.

“Several police personnel have been deployed to sensitive areas of Delhi, and social networking sites are being monitored to check rumours,’’ Delhi police spokesman, M.S. Randhawa said.

Police were seen carrying out flag marches in north-east, an area with a large Muslim population, and which has witnessed a breakout of violence after Friday prayers, Delhi as a precautionary measure.

Uttar Pradesh also saw deadly clashes between protesters and police on Thursday and after Friday.

At least 25 people have died so far in the nationwide protests over the most of the demonstrations outside of Uttar Pradesh have…

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