The new citizenship law has raised worries overseas that Modi wants to remould secular India into a Hindu nation while marginalising the country's 200 million Muslims, a claim he denies. He also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "incredible" statements on religious freedom, as the riots over a controversial citizenship law swept the Indian capital.
A key functionary of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) B.L. Santhosh has threatened to "play a role" in the USA polls against presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders but swiftly took down the tweet after evoking a number of responses.
Local TV channels showed huge clouds of smoke billowing from a tyre market that had been set ablaze and Reuters witnesses saw mobs wielding sticks and stones walking down streets in parts of northeast Delhi, amid further incidents of stone-throwing.
How deadly has it been?
The clashes between pro and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protesters erupted in Delhi on Sunday (February 23) and continued unabated till Tuesday (February 25), claiming the lives of at least 34 people and leaving over 200 injured.
It grants citizenship to immigrants who have fled persecution in neighboring countries, but Muslims are excluded.
"People are killing (each other)". Police have denied the allegations.
How did the authorities react?
The Congress Working Committee (CWC) had met on Wednesday and after deliberations for more than two hours, party president Sonia Gandhi demanded that the Home Minister should resign following his "colossal failure" in controlling violence in Northeast Delhi.
After reviewing the situation in violence-hit areas of Delhi, NSA Ajit Doval met Home Minister Amit Shah yesterday and briefed him about the situation in the national capital.
After three days of silence, Modi called for calm and "peace and harmony" to be restored. "I appeal to my sisters and brothers of Delhi to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times", he tweeted. "Efforts are on to restore normalcy (in Delhi)".