Indian students decry police as citizenship protests grow

Indian Hyderabad Central University (HCU) students shout slogans during a protest rally against a new citizenship law in Hyderabad, India, Monday, Dec.16, 2019. The new law gives citizenship to non-Muslims who entered India illegally to flee religious persecution in several neighboring countries. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

NEW DELHI (AP) - Indian student protests that turned into violent clashes with police galvanized opposition nationwide on Tuesday to a new law that provides a path to citizenship for non-Muslim migrants who entered the country illegally from several neighboring countries.

Police fired tear gas Tuesday in the Seelampur area of New Delhi to push back protesters who swarmed to barricades and threw stones Protests were also reported in the states of West Bengal, Kerala, Karnataka and elsewhere.

A march by students from New Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia University on Sunday descended into chaos when demonstrators set three buses on fire. Police responded with rubber bullets and tear gas. Videos showed officers running after unarmed protesters and beating them with wooden sticks.