Lucknow: As the protests against the Citizenship Act raged in Uttar Pradesh-prompting the authorities to shut internet, the net services were on Sunday restored in Aligarh. It must be noted that internet services were suspended on December 15.Also Read - After 11 Dead in Violence in UP, Top Cop Says Police Didn't Fire a Single Bullet at Protesters
Meanwhile, on Saturday, the death toll in the protests against the Act in Uttar Pradesh went up to 15 as incidents of violence continued in various parts on the state including Kanpur and Rampur. Also Read - Anti-CAA Protest: Mobile Internet Suspended in 14 UP Districts Till 12 PM Saturday
Further, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had met Governor Anandiben Patel and apprised her of the situation in the state. Also Read - Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav to Begin Touring UP Districts Tomorrow, Azamgarh First on List
While State Director General of Police O.P. Singh said that nine persons had died in cross-firing though the police had not fired even a single bullet and only used tear gas shells to disperse the mob, Inspector General, Law and Order, Praveen Kumar said that 15 people had died in the state since December 10.
He also said 705 people had been arrested, prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code imposed in the entire state, and police were maintaining vigil in violence-hit areas and appealing for calm.
On Friday, protesters clashed with police at several places in the state, hurling stones at them and torching vehicles, in which fifty policemen were also seriously injured.
Protests against the Citizenship law, which critics allege discriminates on the basis of religion, have rapidly spread across the country with thousands of people agitating on the streets.
(With IANS inputs)