Guterres ‘very saddened’ by casualties in Delhi protests

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 24, 2019 (Xinhua) — The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the opening of the General Debate of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York, Sept. 24, 2019. (Xinhua/Li Muzi/IANS)

United Nations, Feb 26 (IANS) UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is “very saddened” by the death toll and injuries sustained during the protests in Delhi against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said on Wednesday.

“He is 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,” Dujarric said in response to a reporter’s question at his daily briefing.

As many as 27 people have died in clashes this week and about 200 have been injured.

One of those killed is police Head Constable Ratan Lal.

Several businesses, residences and at least one mosque have been damaged in the riots.

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