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Riot police patrol Delhi to prevent massacre between fighting Muslims and Hindus

Sporadic violence struck parts of Delhi at night as gangs walked through streets strewn with debris from days of sectarian riots that killed 33 people, police said Thursday.

Thousands of riot police and paramilitaries patrolled the affected northeastern edges of the Indian capital of 20 million people, preventing major outbursts.

The unrest is the latest attack on violence against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s citizenship law, which has led months of demonstrations that became fatal in December.

Sunil Kumar, director of the Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) hospital, said Thursday that the hospital registered 30 deaths, while the chief physician at Lok Nayak hospital said three people had died.

“They all had gunshot wounds,” Kumar said.

An Indian woman walks by while Indian paramilitary soldiers today patrol a street destroyed by Tuesday's violence in New Delhi, India

An Indian woman walks by while Indian paramilitary soldiers today patrol a street destroyed by Tuesday’s violence in New Delhi, India

Charred remains of dozens of cars, burned by Tuesday's violence, are parked today in a workshop in New Delhi

Charred remains of dozens of cars, burned by Tuesday's violence, are parked today in a workshop in New Delhi

Charred remains of dozens of cars, burned by Tuesday’s violence, are parked today in a workshop in New Delhi

Police personnel are holding members of the Communist Party of India (CPI) for demanding the resignation of Interior Minister Amit Shah for responsibility for the violence in Delhi during a protest today in Hyderabad

Police personnel are holding members of the Communist Party of India (CPI) for demanding the resignation of Interior Minister Amit Shah for responsibility for the violence in Delhi during a protest today in Hyderabad

Police personnel are holding members of the Communist Party of India (CPI) for demanding the resignation of Interior Minister Amit Shah for responsibility for the violence in Delhi during a protest today in Hyderabad

Kishore Singh, medical superintendent Lok Nayak Hospital, said 10 people there were still in a serious state.

The new fatalities – up to 27 on Wednesday – were all due to the violence on Monday and Tuesday, when crowds of Hindus and Muslims fought with ongoing battles.

The initial violence erupted late Sunday.

Groups armed with swords and guns set fire to thousands of properties and vehicles.

A crate of Molotov cocktails is seen outside the home of an Aam Admin Party (AAP) councilor in the riot-hit area after clashes between people who support and thwart a cententious amendment to India's citizenship law, today in New Delhi

A crate of Molotov cocktails is seen outside the home of an Aam Admin Party (AAP) councilor in the riot-hit area after clashes between people who support and thwart a cententious amendment to India's citizenship law, today in New Delhi

A crate of Molotov cocktails is seen outside the home of an Aam Admin Party (AAP) councilor in the riot-hit area after clashes between people who support and thwart a cententious amendment to India’s citizenship law, today in New Delhi

The brother (center) of Mohammad MudAsir, 31, who died in the recent sectarian riots in the capital of India about the citizenship law of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reacts today during his brother's funeral in New Delhi

The brother (center) of Mohammad MudAsir, 31, who died in the recent sectarian riots in the capital of India about the citizenship law of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reacts today during his brother's funeral in New Delhi

The brother (center) of Mohammad MudAsir, 31, who died in the recent sectarian riots in the capital of India about the citizenship law of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reacts today during his brother’s funeral in New Delhi

A police officer from Delhi is watching over a street that has been destroyed by Tuesday's violence in New Delhi, India

A police officer from Delhi is watching over a street that has been destroyed by Tuesday's violence in New Delhi, India

A police officer from Delhi is watching over a street that has been destroyed by Tuesday’s violence in New Delhi, India

The family of MudAsir cries today at their family member's funeral in New Delhi, India

The family of MudAsir cries today at their family member's funeral in New Delhi, India

The family of MudAsir cries today at their family member’s funeral in New Delhi, India

Houses, shops, two mosques, two schools, a tire market and a gas station were set on fire.

More than 200 people were also injured.

According to a list from the GTB hospital, the victims are an approximately uniform mix of Hindus and Muslims, based on their names.

The Delhi police spokesman, Mandeep Randhawa, said there was no “big incident” at night, while the city’s chief fire officer, Atul Garg, said they had received 19 emergency calls.

An Indian Muslim family leaves the area while Indian paramilitary soldiers today patrol a street destroyed by Tuesday's violence in New Delhi, India

An Indian Muslim family leaves the area while Indian paramilitary soldiers today patrol a street destroyed by Tuesday's violence in New Delhi, India

An Indian Muslim family leaves the area while Indian paramilitary soldiers today patrol a street destroyed by Tuesday’s violence in New Delhi, India

Plactic bags full of acid are seen in the buildings of Aam Admin Party (AAP) councilor Tahir Hussain in the riot-hit area after clashes between people supporting a controversial change to Indian citizenship law, today in New Delhi

Plactic bags full of acid are seen in the buildings of Aam Admin Party (AAP) councilor Tahir Hussain in the riot-hit area after clashes between people who support a controversial change to Indian citizenship law, today in New Delhi

Plactic bags full of acid are seen in the buildings of Aam Admin Party (AAP) councilor Tahir Hussain in the riot-hit area after clashes between people who support a controversial change to Indian citizenship law, today in New Delhi

A group of men chanting pro-Hindu slogans, defeated Mohammad Zubair, 37, who is a Muslim, during protests fueled by a new citizenship on Monday in New Delhi, India

A group of men chanting pro-Hindu slogans, defeated Mohammad Zubair, 37, who is a Muslim, during protests fueled by a new citizenship on Monday in New Delhi, India

A group of men chanting pro-Hindu slogans, defeated Mohammad Zubair, 37, who is a Muslim, during protests fueled by a new citizenship on Monday in New Delhi, India

“In the past three days, 230 calls have been received by the department from the region, including major incidents of arson,” Garg said.

At least 30 people were killed in December, mostly during police actions in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, home of a substantial Muslim population, after the nationality law was passed.

Many of the 200 million Muslims in India fear that the citizenship law – in combination with a criticized citizens’ register – will make them stateless or even sent to detention camps.

An Indian woman holds her head as she looks at the burned buildings and destroyed street after Tuesday's violence in New Delhi, India

An Indian woman holds her head as she looks at the burned buildings and destroyed street after Tuesday's violence in New Delhi, India

An Indian woman holds her head as she looks at the burned buildings and destroyed street after Tuesday’s violence in New Delhi, India

Indian paramilitary soldiers are patrolling today in a street destroyed by Tuesday's violence in New Delhi

Indian paramilitary soldiers are patrolling today in a street destroyed by Tuesday's violence in New Delhi

Indian paramilitary soldiers are patrolling today in a street destroyed by Tuesday’s violence in New Delhi

She and critics see the right-wing ruling party of Modi, affiliated with the once forbidden militaristic Hindu group RSS, as officially securing India into a Hindu nation.

His party has denied the allegations, but in recent weeks, BJP politicians, also in an ugly recent campaign for the Delhi elections, have called the protesters “anti-nationalists” and “jihadists.”

One, Parvesh Verma, said protesters could “enter homes and rap and kill your sisters,” while the other, Anurag Thakur, encouraged a crowd to “shoot traitors.”

Indian paramilitary soldiers are patrolling today in a street destroyed by Tuesday's violence in New Delhi

Indian paramilitary soldiers are patrolling today in a street destroyed by Tuesday's violence in New Delhi

Indian paramilitary soldiers are patrolling today in a street destroyed by Tuesday’s violence in New Delhi

Indian paramilitary soldiers patrol today in a destroyed street during Tuesday's violence in New Delhi

Indian paramilitary soldiers patrol today in a destroyed street during Tuesday's violence in New Delhi

Indian paramilitary soldiers patrol today in a destroyed street during Tuesday’s violence in New Delhi

An Indian paramilitary soldier asks residents to stay inside while patrolling a street today destroyed by Tuesday's violence in New Delhi, India

An Indian paramilitary soldier asks residents to stay inside while patrolling a street today destroyed by Tuesday's violence in New Delhi, India

An Indian paramilitary soldier asks residents to stay inside while patrolling a street today destroyed by Tuesday’s violence in New Delhi, India

A call on Sunday by another BJP politician, Kapil Mishra, for “Hindus” to clean up a sit-in protest from northeastern Delhi is seen as the spark for the current unrest.

On Wednesday, a Delhi judge, Delhi S. Muralidhar, sharply criticized the police and called on them to investigate BJP politicians for incitement to violence.

Muralidhar was handed over to another court in a late night order, causing a storm on social media. Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad insisted that it was a ‘routine transfer’.

Stray cows feed on oranges lying outside a destroyed and burned store after Tuesday's violence in New Delhi, India

Stray cows feed on oranges lying outside a destroyed and burned store after Tuesday's violence in New Delhi, India

Stray cows feed on oranges lying outside a destroyed and burned store after Tuesday’s violence in New Delhi, India

Residents look from behind a closed iron gate of their alley in Karaval Nagar after Tuesday's violence in New Delhi, India

Residents look from behind a closed iron gate of their alley in Karaval Nagar after Tuesday's violence in New Delhi, India

Residents look from behind a closed iron gate of their alley in Karaval Nagar after Tuesday’s violence in New Delhi, India

A municipal worker from Delhi stands alongside heaps of the remains of vehicles, steel cabinets and other materials on a street destroyed by Tuesday's violence in New Delhi today

A municipal worker from Delhi stands alongside heaps of the remains of vehicles, steel cabinets and other materials on a street destroyed by Tuesday's violence in New Delhi today

A municipal worker from Delhi stands alongside heaps of the remains of vehicles, steel cabinets and other materials on a street destroyed by Tuesday’s violence in New Delhi today

On Wednesday, the American Commission for International Religious Freedom, which advises Washington but does not determine policies, expressed “serious concern” about the violence during President Donald Trump’s visit.

Anurima Bhargava, a commissioner appointed by the president of the Democratic House, Nancy Pelosi, also raised the alarm about reports that the Delhi police “did not intervene in violent attacks on Muslims.”

Asked at a press conference on the violence in the capital, Trump said the issue was “up to India” and praised Modi’s “incredible” statements about religious freedom.

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