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World Five killed, 90 hurt in violence in Indian capital - hospital official

07:25  25 february  2020
07:25  25 february  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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At least five people were killed and about 90 were injured in clashes on Monday in the Indian capital during protests over a new citizenship law “Some of the people brought in had gunshot wounds,” Dr Rajesh Kalra, additional medical superintendent at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital , said on Tuesday.

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DELHI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 24: Fire fighters extinguish property engulfed in smoke of those opposing a new citizenship law during clashes between two groups over the Citizenship Amendment Act on February 24, 2020 in Delhi, India. An Indian policemen and a civilian were killed as clashes erupted between two groups over the Citizenship Amendment Act, a controversial law passed by the Indian government that has led to protests over fears that it will be used to strip the country's Muslim population of their citizenship. Demonstrations were held in Shaheen Bagh, a Muslim majority locality where hundreds of women are holding a sit-in protest over the past two months, against the visit of US President Donald Trump to India.  (Photo by Yawar Nazir/ Getty Images) © Yawar Nazir/ Getty Images DELHI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 24: Fire fighters extinguish property engulfed in smoke of those opposing a new citizenship law during clashes between two groups over the Citizenship Amendment Act on February 24, 2020 in Delhi, India. An Indian policemen and a civilian were killed as clashes erupted between two groups over the Citizenship Amendment Act, a controversial law passed by the Indian government that has led to protests over fears that it will be used to strip the country's Muslim population of their citizenship. Demonstrations were held in Shaheen Bagh, a Muslim majority locality where hundreds of women are holding a sit-in protest over the past two months, against the visit of US President Donald Trump to India. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/ Getty Images)

"Some of the people brought in had gunshot wounds," Dr Rajesh Kalra, additional medical superintendent at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, said of Monday's clashes.

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The clashes erupted between thousands demonstrating for and against the new citizenship law. Police used tear gas and smoke grenades, but struggled to disperse the stone-throwing crowds.

One police constable was among those killed in the violence that erupted just ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump's maiden visit to the capital city. Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are set to meet for talks on Tuesday at a venue located a few miles away from where the clashes occurred.

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Tension in parts of the city remained high on Tuesday with schools remaining shut in some areas, amid news reports of fresh clashes. At least five metro stations in the city were closed.

Monday's clashes were among the worst seen in Delhi since the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) began in early December. India's capital has been a hotbed of protests against the law, which eases the path of non-Muslims from three neighboring Muslim-dominated countries to gain Indian citizenship.

This has led to accusations that Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are undermining India's secular traditions. The BJP denies any bias against India's more than 180 million-strong Muslim minority, but objectors have been holding protests and camping out in parts of New Delhi for two months.

(Reporting by Devjyot Ghoshal Writing by Euan Rocha Editing by Robert Birsel and Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged India on Thursday to "confront extremist Hindus" and "stop the massacre of Muslims", adding to the international fallout over deadly Hindu-Muslim violence in New Delhi. © Reuters/Caren Firouz Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in the Iranian presidential election in Tehran At least 44 people were killed and hundreds injured in the worst communal riots in the Indian capital in decades, triggered by clashes between supporters of a new citizenship law and those against it.

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