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Violence in Delhi: India criticizes deceptive and irresponsible comments from international organizations | India News


NEW DELHI: India on Thursday criticized the “inaccurate, misleading and irresponsible” statements made by some foreign agencies and individuals about the violence in Delhi that has claimed at least 34 lives so far.

Reacting strongly to the comments made by the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (ICO), the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Raveesh Kumar said: “The ICO statement is objectively inaccurate, selective and misleading. There is an effort on the ground to restore the normality and build trust. We urge these agencies not to issue irresponsible statements. ”

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (ICO) had condemned violence in Delhi in recent days.

In a statement, the OCI said it “condemns the recent and alarming violence against Muslims in India, resulting in the death and injury of innocent people and the arson and vandalism of mosques and Muslim-owned properties.”

By calling violence “atrocious,” the organization extended its condolences to the families of the victims.

The OCI had asked India to bring to justice the “instigators and perpetrators of anti-Muslim violence and to guarantee the safety of all its Muslim citizens and the protection of Islamic holy places throughout the country.”

Kumar’s response came hours after he had condemned similar comments made by the US commission on religious freedom about the violence in Delhi.

The United States Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on Wednesday expressed “grave concern” about the incidents of violence and said they are directed against a minority community.

The commission had said that the Indian government should provide protection to people regardless of their faith.

“We urge the Indian government to make serious efforts to protect Muslims and others who are targeted by Mafia violence,” USCIRF President Tony Perkins said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Comments seen by USCIRF, sections of the media and some people about recent incidents of violence in Delhi. These are in fact inaccurate and misleading, and appear to be destined to politicize the issue,” MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar said today.

The MEA said the law enforcement agencies are working in the field to prevent violence and ensure the restoration of trust and normalcy.

“The main representatives of the government have been involved in that process. The prime minister has publicly called for peace and brotherhood. We urge that no irresponsible comments be made at this delicate moment,” Kumar said.

Meanwhile, the US State Department also called for peace amid tensions in Delhi, saying it echoes Prime Minister Modi’s call for calm and normalcy in the area.

“Our hearts are with the families of the dead and wounded in New Delhi. We echo the call of PM @ NarendraModi to calm and normalcy and urge all parties to maintain peace, refrain from violence and respect the right of peaceful meeting, “said the interim assistant. South and Central Asian Secretary of State Alice Wells tweeted.

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