20 killed as worst violence in decades rocks Northeast Delhi


The clashes involved Hindus and Muslims in Muslim-majority neighborhoods about 11 miles from where Mr. Trump stayed and conducted meetings. Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that law enforcement agencies and senior government representatives were trying to normalise the situation. (Danish Siddiqui / Reuters) People supporting the new citizenship law beat a Muslim man during a clash with those opposing the law in New Delhi, India, February 24, 2020.

The federal government is asking Canadians to "exercise a high degree of caution" when travelling to Delhi, India, because of deadly riots now taking place in the country's capital. At least 26 more people were killed as rioters ravaged the localities of mixed population.

A U.S. government commission on Wednesday faulted India's response to deadly communal riots in New Delhi and urged the government to take swift action to protect the Muslim minority.

Chief US diplomat for South Asian affairs, Alice Wells, in a mildly worded statement on Thursday urged those behind the recent communal unrest in India's capital to "refrain from violence". She also sought the home minister's resignation. He added that the Prime minister had publically appealed for peace and brotherhood, urging the foreign organizations to refrain from making such comments during a sensitive time.

On Thursday, burnt shops and public vehicles stood charred near a highway in Chandbagh, a Muslim-dominated locality.

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New Delhi has been the epicentre for protests against the new law, with students and large sections of the Muslim community leading the protests.

"One of the essential duties of any responsible government is to provide protection and physical security for its citizens, regardless of faith", said chairman Tony Perkins, a conservative Christian close to the Trump administration.

Deadly incidents erupted on Sunday after clashes broke out between those protesting for a controversial citizenship law passed a year ago and others rioting against it.

The Citizenship Amendment Act, or CAA, makes it easier for non-Muslims from some neighbouring Muslim-dominated countries to gain Indian citizenship.