DELHI (Somaliguardian) – At least 25 people have been killed after India’s capital was hit by the worst religious violence in decades, which was triggered after Muslims protesting against a discriminatory citizenship law were attacked.
Nearly 200 people have been injured during three days of violence in Muslim populated areas of northeast Delhi, with police accused of looking the other way as a mob went on the rampage, killing people and damaging properties, including mosques.
India’s Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who hosted US President Donald Trump as the violence continued, has been criticised for not acting on time.
On Tuesday night, civil society members took out a peace march in a solidarity march against the violence.
At least 25 people have now been reported killed, according to local media outlet Asian News International news agency.
Sunil Kumar, the medical superintendent of Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, where many of the victims have been brought for treatment, said three more people had died during the course of treatment.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has finally broken his silence on the Delhi violence, saying “peace and harmony are central to our ethos”.
“I appeal to my sisters and brothers of Delhi to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times. It is important that there is calm and normalcy is restored at the earliest,” he tweeted.