India summoned Iranian Ambassador Ali Chegeni and lodged a strong protest with him over the comments made by Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif over Delhi violence.
Sources said that the Iranian envoy was conveyed that Javad Zarif commented on an internal matter of India.
“The Iranian Ambassador in Delhi was summoned on Tuesday and a strong protest was lodged over the comments made by Zarif on the matter internal to India,” a source said.
“Iran condemns the wave of organised violence against Indian Muslims. For centuries, Iran has been a friend of India. We urge Indian authorities to ensure the wellbeing of ALL Indians & not let senseless thuggery prevail. Path forward lies in peaceful dialogue and rule of law,” Zarif had tweeted on Monday.
Iran condemns the wave of organized violence against Indian Muslims.
For centuries, Iran has been a friend of India. We urge Indian authorities to ensure the wellbeing of ALL Indians & not let senseless thuggery prevail.
Path forward lies in peaceful dialogue and rule of law.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) March 2, 2020
Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that law enforcement agencies were working on the ground to prevent violence and ensure restoration of confidence and normalcy.
Clashes in northeast Delhi erupted on February 24 as BJP leader Kapil Mishra organised a rally in support of CAA near Maujpur-Babarpur metro station in the northeast district. Later he also addressed the people who gathered in support of CAA, “threating action” against anti-CAA protesters if the Jaffrabad road was not opened. He, however, left the place after addressing the gathering. Later the crowd allegedly attacked the anti-CAA protesters, resulting in stones pelting from both ends.
The clashes then escalated to other parts of northeast Delhi, such as, Gokulpuri, Karawal Nagar, Chand Bagh, Khajoori Khas and Dayalpur.