Five killed, 90 hurt in violence in Indian capital

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At least five people were killed and about 90 were injured in clashes in the Indian capital during protests over a new citizenship law, a senior hospital official told Reuters on Tuesday.

“Some of the people brought in had gunshot wounds,” Dr Rajesh Kalra, additional medical superintendent at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, said of Monday’s clashes.

The clashes erupted between thousands demonstrating for and against the new citizenship law.

Police used tear gas and smoke grenades, but struggled to disperse the stone-throwing crowds.

One police constable was among those killed in the violence that erupted just ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s maiden visit to the capital city.

Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are set to meet for talks on Tuesday at a venue located a few miles away from where the clashes occurred.

Tension in parts of the city remained high on Tuesday with schools remaining shut in some areas, amid news reports of fresh clashes. At least five metro stations in the city were closed.

Monday’s clashes were among the worst seen in Delhi since the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) began in early December.

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