In fierce protests in the Indian capital New Delhi for and against the controversial new citizenship law, at least nineteen people have been killed in recent days. A high-ranking hospital official reports to Reuters news agency.
In addition, fifteen people are said to be in the hospital in critical condition. Thousands of proponents and opponents of the law face each other in the streets of New Delhi, the police trying to drive the crowd apart with tear gas and smoke bombs.
The protests coincide with US President Donald Trump's visit to the country.
It is troubled in New Delhi because of the law, which critics describe as racist. The new law allows religious minorities from neighboring countries Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan to obtain Indian nationality. The law applies to undocumented Christians, Hindus and Sikhs, but not to Muslims.
With that, the law of the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi would undermine the Indian secular constitution, opponents say.
In December last year, the law was approved in the Indian Parliament, and then thousands of demonstrators took to the streets throughout India and more than 1,500 were killed.