Death toll in anti-Muslim violence rises to 27 in New Delhi
DELHI: In Indian capital, Delhi, death toll in anti-Muslim violence has surged to 27.
According to reports, more than two hundred people have been injured in the violence as rioters unleashed a vicious rampage across several parts of Delhi, torching buildings and vehicles and attacking journalists.
The clashes first broke out on Sunday (Feb 23) between protesters for and against a controversial citizenship law.
Delhi remained on edge after three nights of rioting, with reports of Muslim homes and shops being targeted by violent mobs.
Smoke rose into the sky when Hindu protesters set fruit and vegetable shops and a Muslim shrine on fire in the Bhajanpur area.
A mosque was also set on fire by a Hindu mob who shouted “Jai Shri Ram”, translated to “hail Lord Ram”.
India’s main opposition Congress party has demanded the resignation of Home Minister Amit Shah and blamed him for the violence.
The OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) has strongly condemned organized violence against Muslims in India by the extremist Hindus.
The human rights commission in a tweet called on the Indian government to protect its Muslim minority in line with its obligations under international human rights law.
The US lawmakers have slammed violence against Muslims in the Indian capital New Delhi.
Reacting to the violence that has claimed at least twenty lives in the past couple of days, US Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal said the deadly surge in religious intolerance in India was horrifying.
Congressman Alan Lowenthal said, “We must speak out in the face of threats to human rights in India.”
Democratic Presidential Candidate and Senator Elizabeth Warren said violence against peaceful protesters was never acceptable.