At least six people were killed in clashes between protesters and riot police across India’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh on Friday. This has taken the total number of protest-related deaths in the state to seven so far.
However, Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police OP Singh claimed that none of the protesters were killed in police firing. “We did not shoot even a single bullet,” he said, even as another officer claimed that “if any firing happened, it was from the protesters’ side”.
Two protesters were killed in Bijnor while one each died in Sambhal, Firozabad, Meerut and Kanpur. Over 50 policemen were also injured in the clashes, he added.
Protesters assembled defying statewide prohibitory orders to voice their opposition to the amended citizenship law.
The police launched lathi-charges, tear gas against large crowds and stone-pelting protesters as they tried to control the situation.
Violence erupted despite strict security measures.