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Death toll rises to 20 after New Delhi riots during Trump visit

Christian Fernsby |
At least 20 people were killed in three days of clashes in New Delhi apparently sparked by U.S. president Donald Trump’s first state visit to India.

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Topics: NEW DELHI    RIOTS    TRUMP   

Authorities said the death toll is expected to rise as hospitals were overflowed with dozens of injured people.

New Delhi’s top elected official, chief minister Arjind Kerjiwal, called for the government of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi to send the Indian army to areas in a north eastern corner of the capital affected by the riots.

Police characterised the situation as tense but under control. Schools remained closed, and a ban on assembly continues.

The clashes escalated between Hindu mobs and Muslims protesting against a contentious new citizenship law that fast-tracks naturalisation for foreign-born religious minorities of all major faiths in South Asia except Islam.

Although post-mortem examinations are pending, medical officials at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital said some of those who were killed had bullet wounds.

Others came to the hospital with gunshot or stab wounds, injuries incurred from jumping from heights and head injuries.

Police said that in addition to the deaths, at least 189 people were injured in the clashes.

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