New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief in the Indian state of West Bengal has threatened to shoot and imprison protesters over the new citizenship law.
According to the report, Dilip Ghosh, Member of the Indian Parliament and President of BJP West Bengal said this while talking to party members.
The cabinet's union minister, Babylon Supremo, dismissed the statement, calling it irresponsible on social networking sites Twitter.
It should be noted that in December last year, the Indian government passed a controversial law that would allow people coming from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to be granted citizenship to those who are not Muslims. Massive protests had begun.
Critics say the law is a prelude to registering citizens as legal citizens, which fears India's 20 million Muslims will be non-state because many poor citizens do not have the documents to prove their nationality.