Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday urged the people of Delhi to maintain communal harmony and defeat forces that intend to divide the country on the basis of religion. Her statement came hours after violent clashes erupted between supporters of the Citizenship Amendment Act and its opponents in North East Delhi. A constable was among five people killed, and at least 50 people were injured as mobs threw stones at each other, and set shops, houses and vehicles on fire.
“There can be no space for violence in the land of Mahatma Gandhi, nor can there be any place in the country for forces that seek to impose their communal and divisive ideology on the people,” Gandhi said in a statement. She offered her condolences to the bereaved family of head constable Ratan Lal, who was killed in thSenior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also condemned the violence. “The violence today in Delhi is disturbing and must be unequivocally condemned,” he tweeted. “Peaceful protests are a sign of a healthy democracy, but violence can never be justified. I urge the citizens of Delhi to show restraint, compassion and understanding no matter what the provocation.”
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also urged the people of Delhi to maintain communal harmony.
Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy also said non-violent protests in a democratic country are acceptable but not violence . He says it was an attempt to dent India’s image during the visit of US President Donald Trump.
“My deepest condolences to the family of the Delhi Police Head Constable who lost his life amidst the protests in Delhi. Our @narendramodi government condemns all forms of violence and we assure a stern action against the culprits,” Reddy tweeted.
Later talking to reporters, the minister said the central government has directed the police to take action against those involved in the violence and central forces were deployed in different parts of the national capital.