Delhi riots have claimed lives of at least 21 and more than 150 have been in injured so far in the deadliest violence the Indian capital has seen in decades.
As being reported, At least 188 people have been treated in hospital, mostly from bullet injuries, and the rest from blunt force trauma, since the violence began.
The unrest started three days ago when people took to streets protesting against the controversial citizenship amendment bill and turned into violent clashes that coincided with the US President Donald Trump’s first Indian visit.
At that moment, POTUS was speaking in Ahmedabad’s public gathering arranged in his honour, praising secular India, saying, “Your nation has always been admired around the Earth as the place where millions upon millions of Hindus and Muslims and Sikhs and Jains, Buddhists, Christians, and Jews worship side by side in harmony; where you speak more than 100 languages and come from more than two dozen states, yet you have always stood strong as one great Indian nation. Your unity is an inspiration to the world”.
Meanwhile, on-ground reality, Indian authorities ran an organized crackdown at the Muslim majority localities in Delhi.
As per BBC report, The Delhi High Court, which is hearing petitions about the violence, has said it cannot let “another 1984” happen on its “watch”. In 1984, more than 3,000 Sikhs were killed in anti-Sikh riots in the city.
While Delhi kept burning, it took three days for Indian PM Modi to appeal for peace via Tweet, adding that he had reviewed the situation and police were working to restore normalcy.
Peace and harmony are central to our ethos. I appeal to my sisters and brothers of Delhi to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times. It is important that there is calm and normalcy is restored at the earliest.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 26, 2020
Had an extensive review on the situation prevailing in various parts of Delhi. Police and other agencies are working on the ground to ensure peace and normalcy.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 26, 2020
Meanwhile, the social media feed shows the gloomy state of Indian capital where the Muslims, in particular, were targeted. There were uncountable accounts shared on social media showing mobs beating unarmed men, including journalists and several groups of men with sticks, iron rods and stones vandalizing properties and setting Mosques on fire.
Photographs, videos, and accounts on Delhi’s situation are trending on social media under the hashtags #DelhiRiots2020, #DelhiViolence, #DelhiRiots, #delhiviolence:
Across parts of North East Delhi, Muslim residents have been targeted by violent mobs inside their homes. This video on #Mojo shows lathi wielding mobs chanting Jai Shri Ram and banging down doors of houses.. . What an abuse of Lord Ram. Makes you sick with shame #DelhiRiots pic.twitter.com/hbQ6OlSiv0
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) February 26, 2020
— Nicola Careem (@NicolaCareem) February 26, 2020
Think about the psychological effect #DelhiRiots2020 has on one community. This was a message being sent out.
Gormint is telling minorities:
– Get in line
– You can't protest
– If you do, you will be beaten up
– The police will not come to your aid
– The mob is on our side
— meghnad 🔗 (@Memeghnad) February 26, 2020
Clear evidence of male police officers manhandling women protestors at Khureji. Detainees have been taken to Jagatpuri Police Station. Lawyers are not being allowed to meet detainees. We urge more lawyers to reach the PS.#delhivoilence #DelhiRiots2020 pic.twitter.com/mUfGapb7ts
— Shaheen Bagh Official (@Shaheenbaghoff1) February 26, 2020
Modi govt suspends civil servant who complained against #KapilMishra’s video
— Dr. Shama Mohamed (@drshamamohd) February 26, 2020
Delhi HC to SG Tushar Mehta: “When do you think is the appropriate time for you to register a case? How many lives have to be lost how may homes have to be burnt before you register a case ?”
HC: “when will you file FIRs? After the whole city has burnt down?” #DelhiRiots2020
— Marya Shakil (@maryashakil) February 26, 2020
Alt News independently verified that the video showing policemen beating up injured men and forcing them to sing the national anthem was shot during #DelhiRiots2020 on February 24 in the vicinity of Jafrabad. #AltNewsFactCheck | @thisisjigneshhttps://t.co/uZd1JiY2RW
— Pratik Sinha (@free_thinker) February 26, 2020
Residents told The Wire that men armed with rods and pistols gathered outside the mosque in Mustafabad and attacked them.
— The Wire (@thewire_in) February 26, 2020
— Nihal Kirnalli (@NihalKirnalli) February 26, 2020
— The New India (@TheNewIndia11) February 26, 2020
We’re now at the stage where pro-government Hindu thugs are hunting, lynching and dragging injured or murdered Muslims in the street with total impunity. pic.twitter.com/uwq1gDQRiJ
— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) February 25, 2020
Listen to the cries of the people burnt alive by #Hindutva #RSS #BJP goons.
Horrible memories of use of gas⛽️ chambers by #Nazis to exterminate #Jews replicated by #Modi by burning #Muslims alive in #DelhiRiots in #Indian state sponsored #DelhiViolence 👇👇🩸🩸🩸👇👇 pic.twitter.com/Vt07VTh5da
— Arshad Sharif (@arsched) February 26, 2020