Media personnel were not spared either.

By evening today, violence had spread to more parts of Delhi. A mosque was set on fire by violent mobs.

The BJP’s parliamentarian from Delhi East, former cricketer Gautam Gambhir has now called for action to be taken against Mishra, or anyone who incites violence. “Kapil Mishra’s speech is not acceptable. This is about Delhi not about any political party,” Gambhir said, according to news channel NDTV.

The violence comes amidst US president Donald Trump’s maiden visit to India. He is scheduled to be in Delhi today (Feb. 25) as part of the day-2 schedule of his trip, after having spent the first day in Ahmedabad and Agra. Given the context, India’s ministry of home affairs has claimed the clashes have been orchestrated to coincide with Trump’s Delhi visit.

Videos of huge mobs beating up people and indulging in arson were circulated on social media, often apparently with the backing of the police.

The rioters could be seen using stones, lathis (sticks), and petrol bombs, to torch houses, shops, vehicles, and even a petrol pump. Often the mobs were heard chanting “Jai Shri Ram,” according to eye-witness accounts. At some places, the police fired tear gas shells and resorted to baton charge.

At least one person was videographed using firearms.

Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code has been imposed in parts of northeast Delhi, barring the assembly of four or more people in a place. Eight companies of the Central Reserve Police Force have reportedly been deployed, along with two companies of the Rapid Action Force and one company of women security personnel, in violence-hit areas.

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