New Delhi – Police on Friday reported that no major incidents from north-east New Delhi as the death toll from violent riots in the area rose to 38.
Confrontations between supporters and opponents of a controversial new citizenship law that began on Sunday had degenerated into violent attacks and arson by sparring Hindu and Muslim communities.
The law fast-tracks Indian nationality for certain religious groups but excludes Muslims, there have been continuing protests in India since the law was passed in December.
“No major incidents have been reported since Wednesday night. The situation is limping back to normal,’’ Delhi police spokesman Anil Mittal said.
“Orders banning assembly of people are also being removed in view of the improving ground situation.’’
The death toll rose to 38 from 35 on Thursday, doctors at two state-run hospitals confirmed, with victims succumbing to their injuries.
Around 240 were injured.
Political leaders have been accused of instigating the violence that peaked on Tuesday when U.S. President, Donald Trump was in New Delhi.
Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party suspended its local leader Tahir Hussain after he was charged with murder and arson in connection with the death of an intelligence officer, broadcaster NDTV reported.
No police complaints were so far filed against leaders from the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party who incited trouble.
Delhi’s police, which have been criticized for reacting too slowly to the violence, detained or arrested 500 suspects in connection with the violence.\