Unstoppable clashes in Indian capital, Delhi between police and hundreds of university students has erupted which leaves five dead, including three after being shot by police.
Tension remained high at the epicentre of the unrest in Assam state’s biggest city, Guwahati, with a fresh demonstration expected on Sunday over the legislation even as some shops opened amid an easing of the curfew during the day.
The legislation, passed by the national parliament, allows New Delhi to grant citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants who entered India from three neighbouring countries on or before December 31, 2014 – but not if they are Muslim.
In Assam, three people died in hospital after being shot, while another died when a shop he was sleeping in was set on fire and a fifth after he was beaten up during a protest, officials said.
Train services were also suspended in some parts of the east on Sunday after violence in eastern West Bengal state, with demonstrators torching trains and buses.
The worsened situation of the city has already led Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to cancel a planned visit to India from Sunday.
The new law offers a way to Indian citizenship for six minority religious groups from neighbouring Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan including Hindus and Christians, but not Muslims.
Police fired tear gas and used baton charges to disperse the large amount of students demonstrating at Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi.
Protesters attacked cars in the capital, and several people were injured and taken to hospital.
Police barricades were knocked down and streets were strewn with shoes and broken bricks.
An official at the university dispensary said that more than 100 students had been brought in with injuries but all had been discharged.
Students said it was meant to be a peaceful protest, with them trying to go from Jamia University to Parliament Street to show their opposition to the legislation. But police pushed them back, which leads to clashes.
Japan has stepped up infrastructure development work in Assam in recent years, which the two sides were expected to highlight during the summit.
Shinzo Abe had also planned to visit a memorial in the nearby state of Manipur where Japanese soldiers were killed in World War Two.
Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said both countries would decide on the appropriate timing for the visit although nothing has been decided yet.