Victims of New Delhi's deadly communal clashes fill hospital

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Indian paramilitary force soldiers patrol as an ambulance stationed at the area which witnessed Tuesday's violence in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. At least 20 people were killed in three days of clashes in New Delhi, with the death toll expected to rise as hospitals were overflowed with dozens of injured people, authorities said Wednesday. The clashes between Hindu mobs and Muslims protesting a contentious new citizenship law that fast-tracks naturalization for foreign-born religious minorities of all major faiths in South Asia except Islam escalated Tuesday. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

NEW DELHI – Patients on stretchers crammed the emergency room, while relatives of the dead wailed outside a morgue as injured people continued to pour into a public hospital after three days of clashes between religious groups that coincided with President Donald Trump's visit to India.

At least 20 people were killed in the clashes, including at least one policeofficial and an intelligence bureau officer, and nearly 200 people were injured, both Hindus and Muslims, in the worst communal riots in the Indian capital in decades.

On Wednesday, victims' relatives stood outside the mortuary, some crying as they waited for hospital authorities to release the bodies following postmortems.

Rahul Solanki, a 26-year-old Hindu, died from a gunshot wound, according to his family. His younger brother, Rohit Solanki, said he was shot walking to a shop to buy milk.

The corridors of the Guru Teg Bahadur hospital at New Delhi’s eastern border are often crowded, but on Wednesday hundreds thronged its wards as doctors worked through the night to treat injuries.

Mohammad Akram watched as his 17-year-old son was wheeled out of an operating theater after surgery for a bullet would in his chest. The teenager said he was shot on his family’s apartment terrace as he watched Hindu mobs enter his neighborhood.

New patients continued to pour into the hospital on stretchers. Those with head injuries were wheeled to the overcrowded emergency room.

Mohammad Akbar made it to the hospital with his head bleeding profusely after he was attacked early Wednesday.