At least 22 dead as India citizenship law protests swell during Trump’s visit

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 smouldering.

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

An uneasy calm prevailed in the troubled areas on Wednesday. Officials reported no new violence as large police reinforcements patrolled the area.

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval toured the region and assured fear-stricken residents that their lives will be protected.

Doval was responding to a complaint from a girl student that police were not protecting them properly and mobs had vandalized the area and set shops and vehicles on fire.

While riots wracked northeastern New Delhi over the previous days, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted a lavish reception for Trump, including a rally in his home state of Gujarat attended by more than 100,000 people and the signing of an agreement to purchase more than $3 billion of American helicopters and other military hardware.

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