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Podcast | In Focus: Trump's India visit and Delhi violence

V Nivedita | Updated on February 28, 2020 Published on February 28, 2020

Hello and welcome to another episode of our weekly podcast In Focus. I am Nivedita Varadarajan and this week, I'll talk about the United States President Donald Trump's maiden visit to India and the violence in northeast Delhi.

US President Donald Trump undertook his first visit to India on Monday. He was accompanied by his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner. On the first day, the Trumps visited the Sabarmati ashram, and Trump participated in a 22-km roadshow with PM Modi . He also participated in an event called 'Namaste Trump'. The Trumps also visited Agra later in the day. On the second day of the presidential visit, Trump and Modi announced a series of measures to increase the civil and defence engagements between the two nations.  

Trump announced that the two nations have agreed upon a defence deal that was worth $3 billion. The deal would include the procurement of  24 MH-60 Romeo helicopters and six AH-64E Apache helicopters by India. Modi said that the two countries have agreed on a new mechanism to contain narco-terrorism and other organised crimes.

But Trump’s visit was overshadowed by the violent clashes that broke out in northeast Delhi. The violence went on for three days. On Sunday, clashes broke out between pro- and anti -CAA groups near Jaffrabad, after a large number of people who were protesting against the Act blocked a road.

The Delhi Police used various methods to disperse the crowd -- from firing  tear gas shells to mild lathicharge -- but to little effect. A few policemen also attempted to pacify the groups.  A Delhi Police head constable was killed during these clashes.

Thirty-eight people, including an intelligence bureau official, were killed, and over 200 were injured in the violence. The police has filed a FIR against an AAP councillor Tahir Hussain in connection with the clashes.

The Delhi High Court said that the police must do all it can to ensure another 1984 doesn't happen.

The BJP, Congress and the AAP have condemned the clash, but, they also blamed each other for it. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had urged Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to restore law and order in the wake of violence in parts of northeast Delhi during protests for and against the new citizenship law.

Published on February 28, 2020