Government sources said Modi met his council of ministers in the capital, New Delhi, on Saturday to discuss security measures to end violent protests against a contentious citizenship law that the parliament passed last week, which critics say discriminates against Muslims and undermines the country's secular constitution.
Under the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan will be allowed to claim Indian citizenship — but not if they are Muslims.
Media reports said at least 20 people have been killed and more than 100 injured in clashes between police and protesters since December 11, when the country’s parliament passed the citizenship act.
Modi held the meeting as demonstrations continued on Saturday despite curfews and a draconian regulation to shut down protests.
India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, has seen the worst violence with nine people killed so far and several more in critical condition in hospital.