Delhi gripped by violence as Trump begins India trip

DM Monitoring

NEW DELHI: Indian police used tear gas and smoke grenades to disperse a crowd of thousands of protesters in India’s capital of New Delhi on Monday as violence broke out over a new citizenship law just ahead of US President Donald Trump’s maiden visit to the city. New Delhi has been a hotbed of protest against the controversial new citizenship law and protesters have been camping out continuously in several parts of the capital for the last two months. Hundreds of people supporting the new law clashed with those opposing it, with stone pelting from both sides.
The two groups have been clashing since Sunday and the people supporting the law were seen chanting “Jai Shree Ram”, amid heavy stone pelting from both sides. “We are in support of the CAA. If they want to protest, they should go somewhere else,” a protester Amit said, giving only one name. The latest round of violence broke out just as US President Donald Trump began his maiden visit to India, addressing a mega rally in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat on Monday. Trump is scheduled to arrive in New Delhi later on Monday.
India’s Citizenship Amendment Act, which eases the path for non-Muslims from neighbouring Muslim-majority nations to gain citizenship, has triggered weeks of sometimes violent protests against Modi’s government. The law is seen by its opponents as discriminating against Muslims and has deepened concerns that Modi’s administration is undermining India’s secular traditions.
Modi’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party denies any bias against the country’s 180 million Muslims.
Meanwhile, A policeman was killed and dozens of people injured amid clashes in New Delhi on Monday as thousands demonstrating for and against a new citizenship law rioted for several hours before U.S. President Donald Trump’s maiden visit to the city. Police used tear gas and smoke grenades but struggled to disperse the crowds, as both sides hurled stones and turned a wide boulevard into a rock-strewn battle zone, about 11 miles from where Trump will meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for talks on Tuesday.