A few days ago, dreadful violence had gripped the national capital as riots broke out in Jafrabad, Maujpur, Chand Bagh and other areas of Northeast Delhi. Protesters for and against the Citizenship Act 2019 took to the streets with swords, pistols, and stones.
Now, after Turkey, Pakistan, and Indonesia, Iran has spoken out against the violence in Delhi. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif condemned the “wave of organised violence against Indian Muslims” and urged Indian authorities to “not let senseless thuggery” prevail.
The communal riots which left 46 dead and over 200 injured has been condemned for its mindless brutality from across the globe. Both the groups pelted stones at each other, burned down shops and houses, torched vehicles, and fired shots.
Among those killed was a 26-year-old Intelligence Bureau (IB) official Ankit Sharma who was brutally stabbed over 400 times, indicating the blood-lust of his murderers. His mutilated body was then dumped in a sewer near his house. Sharma's family blamed Tahir Hussain, an AAP leader for his death. Delhi Police head constable Ratan Lal also lost his life in the riots.
Iran's Javad Zarif took to Twitter ton Monday night to say, “Iran condemns the wave of organised violence against Indian Muslims. For centuries, Iran has been a friend of India. We urge Indian authorities to ensure the wellbeing of ALL Indians & not let senseless thuggery prevail. Path forward lies in peaceful dialogue and rule of law."
Iran condemns the wave of organized violence against Indian Muslims.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) March 2, 2020
For centuries, Iran has been a friend of India. We urge Indian authorities to ensure the wellbeing of ALL Indians & not let senseless thuggery prevail.
Path forward lies in peaceful dialogue and rule of law.