UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday called for calm after days of violence between Hindus and Muslims that left at least twenty people dead and about two hundred wounded, in one of the worst confrontations in the Indian capital.
Since Sunday, people carrying sticks and stones, some of them pistols of chaos and terror, have been deployed in northeastern districts with a Muslim majority, about 10 km from central New Delhi. Poor migrant workers live in this area.
Indian newspapers reported a number of incidents in which Hindu armed groups attacked Muslim people. In videos, she appeared in gangs chanting “Long live God Ram.”
A Hindu flag has been flying since Wednesday morning on top of a mosque that was burned down in the neighborhood, according to an AFP team. Video footage of the day before men climbed up the minaret to remove the loudspeaker and place the flag, amid encouraging cheers.
The main hospital in the area counted twenty people as of Wednesday morning. Sunil Kumar, director of Guru Tech Bahadur Hospital, said, “189 people were taken to hospitals, 60 of whom were shot.”
A hospital medical source had previously reported that 17 people had been killed and 150 wounded, including about a dozen in critical condition.
After these bloody incidents, the Indian Prime Minister wrote in a tweet on Twitter, “Peace and brotherhood are essential to our ethics. I appeal to my brothers and sisters in Delhi to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times. It is important for calm and calm to return to normal as soon as possible.”
Moody said he participated in a meeting to assess the situation throughout the city, adding that “the police and other agencies are working on the ground.”
At the end of a violent day, local police reported intermittent violence on Tuesday evening in the same area.
On Wednesday, the Prime Minister of Delhi called on the Indian government to impose a curfew and deploy the army in areas where clashes between followers of both religions have taken place days ago.
“I was in contact with a large number of people overnight,” Arvind Kejriwal said in a tweet, stressing that “the police, despite all their efforts, are unable to control the situation (…) The army must be called in and a curfew imposed in the affected areas immediately.”
He stressed that he is on his way to submit a request to the central government in this regard.
“We received calls from people in a state of terror but we have not received information about violence except for a specific neighborhood,” Aluk Kumar, a police official in eastern New Delhi, told AFP. A journalist from France Press reported on Tuesday evening that many migrant workers, fearing for their lives, left their homes to return to the safe villages from which they came.
“There is no work (…) It is better to leave rather than stay here. Why do we die here?” Said Hake, who was on his way to his village in the state of Uttar Pradesh, adjacent to France Press. He added that “people are killing each other and shooting.”
The violence coincided with a two-day visit by US President Donald Trump to India.
Since December, Moody has been facing a massive protest movement against a law that would facilitate the granting of Indian citizenship to refugees, provided they were not Muslim, and deprived others living since ancient times in India.
Clashes between supporters and opponents of the law turned into confrontations between Hindus and Muslims.
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