Death toll from Delhi violence rises to 23


New Delhi

The death toll from deadly communal violence in New Delhi rose to 23 on Wednesday, Times of India reported.
Protests against a contentious citizenship law began on a smaller scale on Sunday but escalated on Monday and Tuesday into running battles between Hindus and Muslims in New Delhi’s north-east, where rioters armed with stones, swords and even guns were out in force.
Breaking his silence on the violence in the capital, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday afternoon appealed for calm.
India’s Supreme Court termed the clashes as “unfortunate” while refusing to entertain pleas on them saying that it was for a high court to take note of the matter, The Print reported quoting PTI. Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court heard a plea on the communal violence and said it cannot let “another 1984” happen on its “watch”, reported BBC.