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Trumps Delhi Visit Rocked by Deadly Protests: 7 Killed

Violent clashes and protests overshadowed President Donald Trumps visit to Delhi, as at least seven people were killed and around 150 were injured in clashes between opposing groups in the Indian capital on Feb. 24.

The fatalities—six civilians and one policeman—were confirmed by police as the northeastern district of the city saw the deadliest riots since protests against a new citizenship law began over two months ago.

“Seven persons, including one head constable of Delhi police, have died,” Anil Mittal, a police officer, confirmed.

Tear gas and smoke grenades were used by police as they attempted to disperse and control the violence as thousands of people demonstrated for and against the new citizenship law. Demonstrators set vehicles and a petrol pump alight, threw stones, and tore down metal barricades.

“Some of the people brought in had gunshot wounds,” said Dr. Rajesh Kalra, additional medical superintendent at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in New Delhi.

The police officer died from a gunshot wound to the head, CNN reported.

Tensions in parts of the city remained high on Tuesday with schools remaining shut in some areas amid news reports of fresh clashes. At least five metro stations in the city were closed. A section 144 order, which prevents crowds of more than four people from gathering, was imposed on several areas in the region.

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A man is beaten during a clash between people supporting a new citizenship law and those opposing the law in New Delhi, India, on Feb. 24, 2020. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

Hindu nationalists and supporters of the Communist Party of India also clashed in parts of the country on Monday night as they held pro- and anti-U.S. street demonstrations in response to the presidents arrival.

The violence on Monday escalated as the president made his first official visit to India, with talks scheduled Tuesday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a venue just miles from where the clashes erupted.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called for an end to the violence at a press conference early on Tuesday.

“Whatever problems people have can be resolved peacefully,” he said. “Violence will not help find a solution.”

“I am very worried about the prevailing situation in certain parts of Delhi,” he wrote on Twitter. “All of us together should make all efforts to restore peace in our city. I again urge everyone to shun violence.”

Indias Home Minister Amit Shah met with Kejriwal, police officials, and local politicians on Tuesday to discuss the situation.

The Epoch Times

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