NEW YORK: Antonio Guterres, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General is "deeply disheartened" due to the communal violence and riots occurring in Delhi, the capital of India over the newly passed Citizenship Amendment Law. His spokesperson expressed that the situation in India requires most constraints for brutality to be circumvented.
So far, the violence in the capital city has raised the death toll up to 34 and over 200 remain injured. North-Eastern district of Delhi saw atrocities like shops being looted, stone pelting, people being thrashed and burning of houses and sacred buildings.
Stephane Dujarric, who is Gueterre's spokesperson became part of a daily briefing. In the briefing, questions were asked regarding the General-Secretay's perspective about the communal violence happening in the Indian capital. "He’s very saddened by the reports of casualties following the protests in Delhi, and as he has done in similar circumstances, he calls for maximum restraint and for violence to be avoided," responded Dujarric.
The UN Spokesperson also mentioned that Antonio has been very observant of the fatal circumstances in Delhi. He had also expressed how peaceful protests should take place with restraint being shown by the security in charge.
Raveesh Kumar, also a spokesperson but of the Ministry of External Affairs had revealed the agencies dealing with law enforcement working towards countering violent acts and replacing it with peace and calm.
Kumar mentioned, "Senior representatives of the government have been involved in that process. The prime minister has publicly appealed for peace and brotherhood. We would urge that irresponsible comments are not made at this sensitive time."