Six protesters were killed in Uttar Pradesh during the protests against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), according to news channel NDTV.
This has taken the total number of protest-related deaths in the state to seven so far.
Protesters allege that their co-protesters were killed in police firing. 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”.
According to the police sources, two protesters were killed in Bijnor while one each died in Sambhal, Firozabad, Meerut and Kanpur, ND TV reported.
Faced with large crowds of protesters, police launched lathi-charges and used tear gas to disperse them.
Protests against CAA had erupted across 13 districts of the state after the Friday prayers, with thousands defied statewide prohibitory orders.