Islamabad, 25 February 2020 – Zia Minhas:
Delhi is witnessing one of its worst clashes in recent times, as two communities have been throwing stones and petrol bombs at each other since Monday.
Despite imposing harsh measures, the rioting has not stopped, resulting in overnight clashes in different parts of the city.
I watched a mob set a shop on fire in Delhi, chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’: local say.
A police officer and five civilians were killed, with 90 injured as thousands of demonstrators for and against the newly-amended citizenship law clashed in New Delhi on Monday. The rioting took place about 11 miles from where US President Donald Trump will hold talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.
According to official reports, police officer Ratan Lal, and civilians Mohammed Furqan, Mohammed Shahid, Rahul and Vinod were killed in clashes in the north-east section of Delhi. Records show that at least 45 people were admitted in Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, while 15 others have been hospitalised in Jag Parvesh Hospital in Delhi. Six police officers were hospitalised in serious condition in Max Hospital.
Video from the clash sites show people throwing stones, as well as setting vehicles, petrol pumps and shops ablaze.
Clips of DelhiPolice & locals forcing the injured to sing ‘Vande Mataram‘ is height of insanity and shows vision of Modi.
Several men in the crowd were armed with metal rods and sticks made of wood and bamboo. One man brandished a sword. The police stood 200 metres away, choosing not to act against them.
Indian home ministry sources said that additional paramilitary forces have been deployed to the region and police have enforced Section 144 of Indian law, prohibiting large gatherings in affected areas.
Despite enforcing the ban on large gatherings, people continue to take top the streets in sensitive areas like Gokulpuri Bhajanpura, Maujpur, and Jaffrabad. Vehicles, shops and buildings were set ablaze in the region overnight.
Demonstrators have been holding major protests in Delhi since December 2019, after the Modi government amended the country’s six-decade-old citizenship law.
Amended citizenship law grants nationality to non-Muslims from three neighbouring Muslim-dominated countries – Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
Muslims have accused the government of undermining secular traditions, and asked that the law be once again amended to include Muslim eligibility for citizenship.