Indian riots: Donald Trump’s visit coincides with protests over the citizenship law

Clashes over a controversial citizenship law brought the capital of India for a second day – coinciding with a visit by U.S. President Donald Trump – while the death toll rose to at least nine.

There have been widespread protests since the law that the critics say is anti-Muslim was passed in mid-December, with over 25 people killed.

“There have been nine confirmed deaths,” said Guru Teg Bahadur hospital official Rajesh Kalra.

People watch the car burn during clashes between hundreds of supporters and opponents of a new citizenship law in New Delhi, India. Image: AP
media_cameraPeople watch the car burn during clashes between hundreds of supporters and opponents of a new citizenship law in New Delhi, India. Image: AP

He said 31 people, including 10 who were seriously injured, were taken to the New Delhi hospital.

Senior policeman Alok Kumar said officers were still receiving reports of violence.

“Protesters are attacking the police wherever they are present and collide with each other where the police are not present,” added Kumar.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) speaks during a meeting with United States President Donald Trump at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi. Image: AFP
media_cameraIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) speaks during a meeting with United States President Donald Trump at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi. Image: AFP

One of those killed on Monday was a policeman, said a senior officer.

Further riots were reported on Tuesday, with a large plume of black smoke rising into the sky.

NDTV said three of its journalists and a cameraman were attacked by a crowd of 20 million people on the northeastern edge of the megalopolis.

“There is hardly any police presence in the area. Rioters rush to threaten people, vandalize stores, “said a resident of the poor and migrant neighborhood of Maujpur Trust of India print.

A crowd throws stones at the police as smoke rises from the burning buildings following the violence between two groups in New Delhi, India. Image: AP
media_cameraA crowd throws stones at the police as smoke rises from the burning buildings following the violence between two groups in New Delhi, India. Image: AP

Delhi’s prime minister, Arvind Kejriwal, who visited a hospital where the wounded were treated, asked for calm.

National Interior Minister Amit Shah, whose ministry controls law and order in the capital region, met with senior officials from the Delhi government and promised to deploy more police officers if needed, Kejriwal said.

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