Trump in India: Seven persons die in violent citizenship law protests in Delhi

Trump in India: Seven persons die in violent citizenship law protests in Delhi

 

No fewer than seven people, including a policeman, were killed in clashes among protesters; over a new Indian citizenship law in north-east Delhi, police said on Tuesday.

Vehicles and shops were set on fire, property destroyed, and more than two dozen people injured on Monday; as protesters supporting and opposing the law hurled bricks.

The area remained tense on Tuesday, with reports of scattered incidents of violence; including the pelting of stones, gunshots arson and vandalism, NDTV news channel reported.

The violence and clashes took place as U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in the Indian capital; on Monday for talks with Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi which took place on Tuesday.

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The clashes happened in pockets of north-east Delhi that has a large Muslim population.

Television images showed streets strewn with broken bricks and smoke rising from shop clusters.

“Fresh stone throwing has been reported from five locations,’’ Delhi Police Joint Commissioner Alok Kumar said.

Additional paramilitary forces had been deployed in sensitive areas and local peace committees comprising leaders from the Hindu; and Muslim communities had been activated and were holding talks with people to maintain calm, Kumar said.

“The death toll so far is six civilians and a policeman,” he added.

The dead included youths from the Hindu and Muslim communities.

The toll could rise as several of the more than 150 injured on Monday; including over 40 policemen, were still undergoing treatment in hospital for their injuries.

All schools in north-east Delhi remained closed and orders prohibiting gatherings; of more than four people were imposed until March 24.

 

Source: NDTV

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