Reports coming from Indian media are claiming that at least 38 people have been killed so far in the deadliest violence seen in decades in Delhi, the capital of India.

The clashes first broke out on Sunday in north east Delhi between protesters for and against a controversial citizenship law in north-east Delhi.

The bloodshed, arson and looting has continued with thousands injured and many trying to come to grips with the fateful scenes uncovering before them.

UN Human Rights Council chief Michelle Bachelet expressed concern over reports of police inaction during recent attacks on Muslims in Delhi. Speaking at a conference in Geneva, she appealed to all Indian political leaders to prevent the violence.

She said the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) adopted last year by India’s Parliament was of “great concern”.

“Indians in huge numbers, and from all communities, have expressed – in a mostly peaceful manner – their opposition to the Act, and support for the country’s long tradition of secularism,” she said.

“I am concerned by reports of police inaction in the face of attacks against Muslims by other groups, as well as previous reports of excessive use of force by police against peaceful protesters.

“This has now widened into broader inter-communal attacks, with 34 people killed since Sunday.

I appeal to all political leaders to prevent violence,” said the former Chilean president.

Social media has been littered with photographs, videos and accounts of Delhi in the last few days. The content shared is of mostly Hindu mobs beating unarmed men, including journalists; of groups of men with sticks, iron rods and stones wandering the streets; and of Hindus and Muslims facing off.

A video of a mob trying to tear down the minaret of a mosque and placing a Hindu flag has also surfaced.

Reports claim that both Muslims and Hindus are among the dead and injured.

More than 200 people are injured, according to officials at the Guru Teg Bahadur hospital, where many of them have been admitted.