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Protests spread across India campuses over citizenship law

Alleged police brutality at university sparks anger toward Modi government

Students in Mumbai hold placards and shout slogans on Monday in solidarity with Jamia Millia Islamia university students after police entered the campus, following a protest against a new citizenship law.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) -- Protests over a new Indian citizenship law based on religion spread to student campuses on Monday as critics said the Hindu nationalist government was pushing a partisan agenda in conflict with the country's founding as a secular republic.

Students pelted stones at police who locked up the gates of a college in the northern city of Lucknow to prevent them from taking to the streets. About two dozen students at another college in the city sneaked out to protest.

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