34 killed, 200 injured in Delhi violence over citizenship law

FE ONLINE DESK | Thursday, 27 February 2020

At least 34 people were killed and over 200 injured in New Delhi after four straight days of brutal violence over the Citizenship Amendment Act, reports Indian news channel NDTV

There were reports of arson and unrest emerging from northeast Delhi's Bhajanpura, Maujpur and Karawal Nagar areas late on Wednesday, hours after National Security Advisor Ajit Doval visited violence-affected areas of the national capital to offer personal guarantees that the government would restore peace.

Prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday made his first public statement, calling for "peace and brotherhood".

Home minister Amit Shah, under fire for failure to control the violence, has held multiple review meetings.

Delhi police have filed 18 FIRs and arrested 130 people in connection with the violence, which they say is now under control.

The citizenship law makes it easier for non-Muslims from some neighbouring Muslim-dominated countries to gain Indian citizenship, according to Reuters news agency.

Critics say the law is biased against Muslims and undermines India's secular constitution. Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party has denied having any bias against India's 180 million plus Muslims.