India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday rejected criticism from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) over recent communal riots in New Delhi that have left at least 33 dead as irresponsible and inaccurate.
The unrest is the latest bout of violence over Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s citizenship law, which triggered months of demonstrations that turned deadly in December.
In a Twitter post on Thursday, the OIC called on the Indian government to protect Muslim minorities across the country.
“The OIC 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,” said the tweet.
In response, Raveesh Kumar, an MEA spokesperson, said India was taking all measures to contain the violence and restore normalcy.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, meanwhile, hit out on Thursday against the “massacres” of Muslims in the Indian capital.
“India right now has become a country where massacres are widespread. What massacres? Massacres of Muslims. By who? Hindus,” Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara. (Middle East Eye)