NEW DELHI/MAHARASHTRA, India

India on Thursday witnessed widespread protests against the new controversial citizenship law that is seen as discriminatory against Muslims.  

Protesters across 10 Indian states, defied bans on public assembly, prompting authorities to detain hundreds of activists, including prominent historian Ramachandra Guha and many other politicians and top civil society activists, said Indian news channels.

Protesters turned violent in Lucknow, the capital of India’s largest state of Uttar Pradesh.

The police used tear gas and batons to disperse protesters, after vehicles parked outside a police post were set on fire and stones thrown during a demonstration, said news

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