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Toll hits to 19; Mosque set on fire

Published : Wednesday, 26 February, 2020 at 11:29 AM  Count : 300

Toll hits to 19; Mosque set on fire

Toll hits to 19; Mosque set on fire

At least 19 people have been killed in the Indian capital during clashes between opposing protesters over a new citizenship law, a senior hospital official told Reuters on Wednesday, even as an eerie calm descended on some riot-torn areas of New Delhi.

"There are 15 patients in critical condition," the hospital official from the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital told Reuters, adding that a total of 19 people had now died at the facility. Police used tear gas and smoke grenades, but struggled to disperse stone-throwing crowds.

A mosque has been set on fire.

Indian website The Wire reported that a mob shouting "Jai Shri Ram", translated to "hail Lord Ram", paraded around the burning mosque in the Ashok Nagar area of the capital on Tuesday, reports Aljazeera.

Video footage shared on social media showed a mob climbing to the top of the mosque's minaret where they attempted to plant a saffron flag.

Local media reported that shops in the area were also being targeted by the mob.

According to The Hindu, late on Monday evening, curfew was imposed at Maujpur, Jaffarabad, Chandbagh and Karawal Nagar. Shoot at sight orders in parts of northeast Delhi were also issued. Also, police sources said the anti-CAA protest site in the troubled area had been “cleared”.

Dr. Sunil Kumar, medical director of Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital, said 57 persons had been admitted today, taking the total brought there to 150.

The clashes, which coincided with a visit to India by US President Donald Trump, erupted early this week between thousands demonstrating for and against the new citizenship law introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist led government. Critics say the law is biased against Muslims and undermines India's secular constitution.


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