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Delhi violence:UN leader ‘very saddened’ via casualties

United
Nations, Feb 27: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is “very saddened” by
the casualties in the communal clashes in northeast Delhi over the amended
citizenship law and calls for maximum restraint for violence to be avoided, his
spokesperson said.

Communal
violence over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in northeast Delhi killed at
least 34 people and left over 200 injured till Thursday as police struggled to
check the rioters who ran amok on streets, burning and looting shops, pelting
stones and thrashing people.

Guterres’
spokesman Stephane Dujarric during a daily briefing here on Wednesday said,
“He’s very saddened by the reports of casualties following the protests in
Delhi, and as he has done in similar circumstances, he calls for maximum
restraint and for violence to be avoided.”      

Dujarric
was responding to a question on whether the Secretary General has any comment
on the riots in parts of New Delhi over the new citizenship law and if he has
communicated with the Indian Government.

Earlier
Dujarric had said that Guterres is closely following the situation in New Delhi
and stressed that demonstrators should be allowed to demonstrate peacefully and
security forces should show restraint.

Ministry
of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Thursday said law enforcement
agencies are working on the ground to prevent violence and ensure restoration
of confidence and normalcy.

“Senior
representatives of the government have been involved in that process. The prime
minister has publicly appealed for peace and brotherhood. We would urge that
irresponsible comments are not made at this sensitive time,” Kumar said.

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