India, July 1 -- People convicted under the new security law in Hong Kong could face life in jail, the maximum sentence under the controversial legislation that came into force Tuesday night.

The full text of the legislation Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) was put out hours after President Xi Jinping signed the bill into law.

According to the law, people convicted of the ".national security crimes could face up to life imprisonment."

"Convicted criminals will be disqualified from running for public office, and people in public office who are found guilty of the crimes will be removed from their posts," a text of the law published by official news agency, Xinhua, early on Wednesday s...