Gandhi’s spirit is essential now, says UN chief on Delhi violence FILE PHOTO: António Guterres, UN Secretary General. (Photo by Jack Hill – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that Mahatma Gandhi’s spirit is needed more than ever as it is essential to create conditions for a true community reconciliation.
Guterres has expressed sadness over the casualties following the protests in Delhi, and called for maximum restraint.
The death toll in Delhi’s communal violence has gone up to 42 with four more fatalities being recorded at the city’s GTB Hospital on Friday (28).
UN chief’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric has said that the Secretary-General has been following the situation in India very closely.
The statement further said that the Secretary-General has been deeply inspired by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi throughout his life.
Earlier, Guterres stressed that demonstrators should be allowed to demonstrate peacefully and security forces should show restraint.
The recent riots was the worst the Indian capital witnessed in more than three decaded.
Communal clashes broke out in northeast Delhi after violence between anti- and pro-Citizenship (Amendment) Act groups spiralled out of control.
Frenzied mobs torched houses, shops, vehicles, a petrol pump and pelted stones at local residents and police personnel.