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Death rate after rioting in Delhi rises to at least 20

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New Delhi - The violent rioting in the northeast of India's capital is slow to calm. In New Delhi there have been clashes between Hindus and Muslims since Monday. At least 20 people have been killed and another 189 demonstrators have been injured, a hospital representative said on Wednesday. A member of the secret service and a police officer were among the dead.

The unrest was triggered by a controversial citizenship law, which - according to critics - would discriminate against Muslims. While protests against the law in Delhi have been going on since December, the latest riots represent the worst escalation between ethnic and religious groups in Delhi in decades. Across the country, 44 people have died in protests against the law since early December, Reuters reports.

Gandhi: "BJP leadership creates an environment of hate"

The president of the largest Indian opposition party "Congress", Sonia Gandhi, called on Wednesday for the resignation of Interior Minister Amit Shah, who, like Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, failed to contain the violence. The agendas in the capital are Shah's responsibility. Gandhi criticized the BJP government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not looking for bipartisan solutions. "The BJP leadership creates an environment of fear and hate through their hate speech," she said at a rare press conference on Wednesday.

Modi has also come under fire for not speaking up until three days after the violence broke out. On Wednesday morning (local time) he called for peace and quiet in Delhi: "Peace and harmony are at the center of our ethos."

A politician of the Communist Party of India, Sitarm Yechury, sees the violence as a "gruesome reminder" of the 2002 riots in Gujarat, in which around 2,000 people died. At the time, Modi was the state's chief minister. To this day, the head of the Hindu nationalist BJP is accused of having acted too cautiously against Hindu mobs. "It is clear that the violence in Delhi is tolerated by the police and those who rule it," Yechury said on Wednesday.

Since Monday, people have been roaming the Muslim neighborhoods in the northeast, setting buildings and shops on fire. The violence left a trail of devastation. Numerous buildings and a tire market were destroyed. Hospital director Guru Teg Bahadur announced that 60 people were also treated for gunshot wounds. Journalists reported being attacked.

UN observes the situation

UN Secretary General António Guterres urged the demonstrators to demonstrate peacefully. The UN would be closely monitoring the situation. US Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is currently in the presidential election campaign, also expressed concern about the violence against "peaceful protesters".

US President Donald Trump left the country on Tuesday after his first state visit. He did not want to comment on the riots. (saw, 02/26/2020)