One dead in India as protests turn violent

India has moved thousands of troops to Assam to curb unrest over citizenship rights for migrants.
India has moved thousands of troops to Assam to curb unrest over citizenship rights for migrants.

One person has died in the Indian state of Assam, a hospital official says, as police clash with protesters over a law that makes it easier for non-Muslim minorities from some countries to seek Indian citizenship.

Gauhati Medical College Hospital superintendent Ramen Talukdar says five protesters have been brought to the hospital with bullet injuries and one of them has died.

India moved thousands of troops into the northeastern state to curb unrest as street demonstrations raged on Thursday for the second consecutive day.

A movement against illegal immigrants has simmered for decades in Assam, which lies on the border with Bangladesh.

Australian Associated Press