Death toll rises to 22 from Delhi riots during Trump trip

Toll expected to rise. Hindu mobs clashed with Muslims protesting new citizenships law as Prime Minster Narendra Modi hosted a lavish reception for President Trump.



February 26, 2020 - 9:46 AM

Protestors with an effigy of Donald trump during a in Kolkata on Monday. Various leftist organizations and student unions organized a protest with the "Go back Donald Trump" slogan in Kolkata during Trump's visit in India. Photo by Debarchan Chatterjee/Zuma Press/TNS

NEW DELHI (AP) — At least 22 people were killed and 189 injured in three days of clashes in New Delhi that coincided with U.S. President Donald Trump’s first state visit to India, with the death toll expected to rise as hospitals continue to take in the wounded, authorities said Wednesday.

Violence between Hindu mobs and Muslims protesting a new citizenship law that fast-tracks naturalization for foreign-born religious minorities of all major faiths in South Asia except Islam left shops, Muslim shrines and public vehicles smoldering.

The dead included a policeman and an intelligence bureau officer, and the government has banned public assembly in the affected areas.

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