International desk – At least 27 people have been killed after violence flared up in the Indian capital Delhi with reports of Muslim homes and shops are being targeted by the mobs, police and media reports said.
The violence began on Sunday in the northern Delhi that the local residents described unprecedented in the last three decades as protesters in favour and against the controversial citizenship laws took to the streets.
But the clashes have turned to be communal overtones with reports of many Muslims being attacked, according to BBC. A mob set a mosque to fire on the second day of violence on Monday.
Photographs, videos and accounts on social media paint a chilling image of the last few days – of mostly Hindu mobs beating unarmed men, including journalists; of groups of men with sticks, iron rods and stones wandering the streets; and of Hindus and Muslims facing off, the broadcaster said.
Access to these areas was severely restricted on Tuesday, when most of the violence took place, it added.
Indian broadcaster NDTV reported that 27 people have been killed since the violence broke out.
It said reports of arson attack emerged from northeast Delhi’s Bhajanpura on Wednesday evening, hours after National Security Advisor Ajit Doval visited violence-affected areas.
He offered personal guarantees that the government would restore peace.
More than 200 people have been injured after four straight days of clashes over the citizenship law.
The Delhi High Court has issued a sharp reprimand to Delhi Police, Prime Minister Narendra Modi who made his first public statement, calling for “peace and brotherhood”.
During the hearing Delhi High Court said on Wednesday that it could not let “another 1984” happen on its “watch”. In 1984, more than 3,000 Sikhs were killed in anti-Sikh riots in the city.
Home Minister Amit Shah, under fire for failure to control the violence, has held multiple review meetings. Delhi Police has filed 18 FIRs and arrested 106 people in connection with the violence.
They said the situation was under control.