At least 30 killed, 250+ wounded in Delhi riots over citizenship law as UN chief urges ‘maximum restraint'
Added 02-27-20 12:37:02am EST - “Violent unrest in India's capital has left at least 30 people dead, with more than 250 injured. After days of intense clashes between rival protesters over a controversial citizenship law, the city has returned to relative calm.” - Rt.com
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With two more people succumbing to serious injuries sustained during the riots, the death toll reached at least 30 early on Thursday morning, Sunil Kumar Gautam, superintendent of the Guru Teg Bahadur hospital, told ANI.
Sunil Kumar Gautam Medical Superintendent, Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital: Death toll has increased to 30 at the hospital. #DelhiViolencepic.twitter.com/PJS5VEvInH
While Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal previously called for the army to be deployed to the city to put down the unrest, so far only police have intervened, equipped with batons, tear gas, water cannon and even drones in some cases. With police making more than 100 arrests in connection to the riots and continuing patrols across New Delhi, the violence – which gripped the capital for three days – has largely come to an end.
The UN, meanwhile, has called on all parties to avoid further escalation. A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for “maximum restraint” and for “violence to be avoided,” noting the UN chief was saddened by reports of lost lives.
The Delhi riots have grabbed headlines in Pakistan, too. Pakistani PM Imran Khan responded to the news by blaming the spike in violence on “the Nazi-inspired RSS ideology,” referring to a right-wing Hindu nationalist organization, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
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