New Delhi: In the wake of communal clashes in the national capital which claimed lives of 38 people, the United States has urged political parties in India to  maintain peace, refrain from violence. In a statement, acting Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice G Wells asserted that US echo Prime Minister Modi’s call for calm and normalcy and urge all parties to maintain peace, refrain from violence and respect the right of peaceful assembly. Also Read - ‘India Was Great, Trip Very Successful,’ Says Donald Trump Soon After Landing in US

“Our hearts go out to the families of the deceased and injured in New Delhi. We echo PM NarendraModi’s call for calm and normalcy and urge all parties to maintain peace, refrain from violence, and respect the right of peaceful assembly”, Wells said.

Referring to President Donald Trump’s 2-day visit to India, the top US diplomat said that excellent progress made this week in US India partnership. Trump’s trip to India advanced the shared goals and paved the way for further cooperation in key areas such as energy, defence, people-to-people ties and Indo-Pacific coordination, Wells said.

“We made great strides to advance US-India energy partnership, including taking steps to develop India’s strategic petroleum” and providing USD 600 million in US International Development Finance Corporation investment to develop solar and wind energy. We look forward to continued engagement with our great American suppliers of energy products, including” Westing House Nuclear and “our Indian partners for big deals that will power US-India relationship into the new decade and beyond. Private sector partnerships make our economies stronger”, the diplomat added.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has registered a murder case against Aam Aadmi Party Councillor Tahir Hussain in the killing of IB staffer Ankit Sharma, whose body was recovered on Wednesday from a sewer in Jafarabad.   His autopsy report had said that he was brutally stabbed to death. His family has alleged Hussain’s supporters brutally assaulted Sharma and killed him.

People in the neighbourhood have alleged that the AAP leader played an active role in the riots that engulfed the area since Sunday. Also the house of Hussain, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) municipal councillor from Nehru Vihar, in Chand Bagh still has a number of petrol bomb bottles, acid pouches, and stones scattered on the rooftop and inside.

Hussain’s house has come under the scanner after a number of videos on social media showed over 100 to 150 people pelting stones, throwing petrol bombs and acid on Monday and Tuesday afternoon.