At least three people were killed including a policeman amid clashes between pro and anti citizenship law protesters hours before U.S. President Donald Trump’s maiden visit to the city.
Police used tear gas and smoke grenades but struggled to disperse the crowds, as both sides hurled stones, about 11 miles from where Trump will meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for talks on Tuesday.
One police constable was killed, identified as Head Constable Rattan Lal, 42.
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Over 50 people were also said to be injured.
Multiple vehicles set on fire, metal barricades torn down and thick smoke was billowing after a petrol station was set on fire.
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The Indian capital has been a key site for protests against the new controversial citizenship law that eases the path of non-Muslims from three neighbouring Muslim-dominated countries to gain Indian citizenship.
The police later imposed section 144, an emergency law prohibiting any gatherings in the violence-hit areas.
Protesters appeared to be divided along religious lines, it appeared to look like a Hindu – Muslim riot.
A viral picture of a Muslim man beaten by dozens of pro-law protesters with sticks and iron rod is going viral on the internet. Visuals of policemen standing by and backing protesters supporting the law are also doing the rounds.
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Another viral video shows young boys hurling petrol bombs.
Junior home minister G. Kishan Reddy said the violence was a “conspiracy to shame India globally” during Trump’s visit. “We have deployed additional forces, and we will do everything to bring law and order under control,” he said.