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Modi to Muslims: You are OK if you are genuine Indians

Christian Fernsby ▼ | December 22, 2019
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought on Sunday to reassure India's Muslims as a wave of deadly protests against a new citizenship law put his Hindu nationalist government under pressure like never before.
Narendra Modi
Protests in Asia   At least 25 people have been killed in 10 days of demonstrations
At least 25 people have been killed in 10 days of demonstrations and violence after Modi's government passed the law criticised as anti-Muslim. More protests took place on Sunday.

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Addressing his Bharatiya Janata Party [BJP] supporters in New Delhi, who cried "Modi! Modi!" at the mention of the law, the 69-year-old said Muslims "don't need to worry at all" provided they are genuine Indians.

"Muslims who are sons of the soil and whose ancestors are the children of mother India need not to worry" about the law and his plans to carry out a national register of citizens, Modi told the crowd of thousands.

Accusing the main opposition Congress party and what he said were "urban Naxals" of condoning the recent violence by not condemning it, Modi said opponents were "spreading rumours that all Muslims will be sent to detention camps."

"There are no detention centres. All these stories about detention centres are lies, lies, and lies," he said.

Modi's rally comes a day after at least nine people were killed in clashes with police in northern Uttar Pradesh province, local police spokesman Pravin Kumar said. He said most of the victims were young people but denied police were responsible.

“Some of them died of bullet injuries, but these injuries are not because of police fire. The police have used only tear gas to scare away the agitating mob,” he said.

Around a dozen vehicles were set on fire as protesters rampaged through the northern cities of Rampur, Sambhal, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnore, and Kanpur, where a police station was also torched, Singh said.