Sporadic violence hit parts of Delhi overnight as gangs roamed streets littered with the debris of days of sectarian riots that have killed 33 people, police said Thursday.
Thousands of riot police and paramilitaries patrolled the affected northeast fringes of the Indian capital of 20 million people, preventing any major eruptions.
The unrest is the latest bout of violence over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s citizenship law, which triggered months of demonstrations that turned deadly in December.
Sunil Kumar, director of the Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital, said Thursday the hospital registered 30 deaths while the chief doctor at Lok Nayak Hospital said three people had died there.
‘All of them had gunshot injuries,’ Kumar said.
An Indian woman walks past as Indian paramilitary soldiers patrol a street vandalized in Tuesday’s violence in New Delhi, India today
Charred remains of dozens of cars, burnt in Tuesday’s violence, are seen parked inside a workshop in New Delhi today
Police personnel detain members of Communist Party of India (CPI) as they demand the resignation of Union Home Minister Amit Shah for the responsibility about the violence in Delhi, during a protest in Hyderabad today
Kishore Singh, medical superintendent Lok Nayak Hospital, said that 10 people were still in a serious condition there.
The new fatalities – up from 27 on Wednesday – were all from the violence on Monday and Tuesday when mobs of Hindus and Muslims fought running battles.
The initial violence erupted late Sunday.
Groups armed with swords and guns set fire to thousands of properties and vehicles.
A crate of Molotov cocktails is seen outside the house of an Aam Admin Party (AAP) councillor at the riot-hit area following clashes between people supporting and opposing a cententious amendment to Indias citizenship law, in New Delhi today
The brother (centre) of Mohammad MudAsir, 31, who died in the recent sectarian riots in India’s capital over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s citizenship law, reacts during his brother’s funeral in New Delhi today
A Delhi policeman stands guard at a street vandalized in Tuesday’s violence in New Delhi, India today
MudAsir’s family weeps at their relative’s funeral in New Delhi, India today
Homes, shops, two mosques, two schools, a tyre market and a fuel station were torched.
More than 200 people were also injured.
According to a list from the GTB hospital, the victims are a roughly even mix of Hindus and Muslims, based on their names.
Delhi police spokesman Mandeep Randhawa said there was ‘no major incident’ overnight, while the city’s chief fire officer Atul Garg said they received 19 distress calls.
An Indian Muslim family leaves the area as Indian paramilitary soldiers patrol a street vandalized in Tuesday’s violence in New Delhi, India today
Plactic bags filled with acid are seen in the premises of Aam Admin Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain at the riot-hit area following clashes between people supporting and opposing a contentious amendment to India’s citizenship law, in New Delhi today
A group of men chanting pro-Hindu slogans, beat Mohammad Zubair, 37, who is Muslim, during protests sparked by a new citizenship law in New Delhi, India on Monday