US diplomat Alice Wells tells Delhi protesters to refrain from violence

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US diplomat Alice Wells tells Delhi protesters to refrain from violence

New Delhi (Web Desk): Chief US diplomat for South Asian affairs, Alice Wells, on Thursday urged those behind the recent communal unrest in India's capital to "refrain from violence".


“Our hearts go out to the families of the deceased and injured in New Delhi. We echo PM @NarendraModi’s call for calm and normalcy and urge all parties to maintain peace, refrain from violence, and respect the right of peaceful assembly,” she said in a tweet.

Sporadic violence hit parts of Delhi overnight as gangs roamed streets littered with the debris of days of sectarian riots that have killed 32 people, police said Thursday.

Thousands of riot police and paramilitaries patrolled the affected northeast fringes of the Indian capital of 20 million people, preventing any major eruptions.

The unrest is the latest bout of violence over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s citizenship law, which triggered months of demonstrations that turned deadly in December.