NEW DELHI, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- At least six people were killed and several others injured Friday during violent protests over the controversial new citizenship law in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, police said.
The deaths took place in various towns across the state.
"Six people were killed today in different districts," a police official posted in Lucknow said.
Protests erupted across India and inside universities against the new citizenship law last week after Indian parliament passed the law.
The law aims at granting citizenship to illegal immigrants belonging to six religions - Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, Parsi and Christianity - from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, it has kept out Muslim immigrants from applying for citizenship.