UN chief Antonio Guterres 'closely following' situation in Delhi
According to UN chief Antonio Guterres, protesters in New Delhi should be allowed to demonstrate peacefully and security forces should show restraint.
UN chief Antonio Guterres is closely following the situation in New Delhi and stresses that demonstrators should be allowed to demonstrate peacefully and security forces should show restraint, his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric has said.
Communal violence over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in northeast Delhi has killed at least 20 people, including a police constable, and left over 150 people injured. On Tuesday, police struggled to check the rioters who ran amok on streets, burning and looting shops, pelting stones and thrashing people.
"I think it's very important that demonstrators be allowed to demonstrate peacefully and that security forces show restraint. This is the SG's constant position," Dujarric said at the daily press briefing, PTI reported.
When asked if the UN is monitoring the situation, Dujarric said "Yes, we’re obviously following it closely."
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has expressed concerns over the alarming situation.
I have been in touch wid large no of people whole nite. Situation alarming. Police, despite all its efforts, unable to control situation and instil confidence— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 26, 2020
Army shud be called in and curfew imposed in rest of affected areas immediately
Am writing to Hon’ble HM to this effect
On Tuesday, Kejriwal was seen praying at Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi's memorial, as he urged people to stop the violence and requested temples and mosques to issue calls for peace.
At night, he met with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs and officials, asking them to take necessary steps to restore peace.