Massive protests erupted in parts of Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengal, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh after Friday prayers over controversial remarks against Prophet Mohammed by suspended BJP leader, Nupur Sharma recently.
Protests have turned violent in parts of Uttar Pradesh and Ranchi in Jharkhand. Some people were reportedly injured following allegations of stone-throwing and vandalism during protests. After the chaos, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered authorities to take tough action against hooligans.
Areas where protests took place on Friday:
A large crowd gathered outside Delhi’s Jama Masjid to demand Sharma’s arrest, police said. Dozens of people demonstrated, holding signs and shouting slogans against Sharma. The ANI news agency shared a video with several people gathered outside the mosque. Police said the situation was now under control.
“People protested at Jama Masjid against statements by suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma and expelled BJP leader Naveen Kumar Jindal. We have expelled people from there. The situation is now under control,” he said. said Delhi police, quoted by ANI.
“Almost 1,500 people had gathered at Jama Masjid for Friday prayers. After the prayers, almost 300 people came out and started protesting the inflammatory remarks by Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal,” the DCP said. Central District Shweta Chauhan.
Meanwhile, Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid denied calling for any protest and suspected that members of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) were behind the protest.
“No call to protest has been issued by the Masjid… We don’t know who the protesters are. I think they belong to AIMIM or are people from Owaisi. We have made it clear that s ‘They want to protest, they can, but we won’t support them,’ Shahi Imam said.
Protests also erupted outside Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad. “Later, with the intervention of the police, the protesters were dispersed from the area. ‘Police and CRPF have deployed to the area now,’ reports said.
#LOOK | Telangana: Protests are taking place outside Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad over controversial remarks by suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma. Later, with the intervention of the police, the demonstrators were dispersed. Police and CRPF are deployed in the area now. pic.twitter.com/3bbY7OJ5PP
— ANI (@ANI) June 10, 2022
Additionally, several outlets claimed that protests also took place in parts of Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and West Bengal.
In Uttar Pradesh
People gathered immediately after the namaz in various places in Uttar Pradesh – in Saharanpur, Moradabad, Prayagraj and Firozabad – said Awanish Awasthi, additional chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh. He said, however, “…the crowd was dispersed later.”
Meanwhile, protests in Prayagraj turned violent. “Some people in Prayagraj tried to stir up trouble. The police administration dispersed them… very carefully, using light force,” Awanish Awasthi said.
#LOOK | Uttar Pradesh: Protests over controversial remarks by suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma and expelled BJP leader Naveen Kumar Jindal that erupted earlier today are turning violent in Prayagraj. pic.twitter.com/eQKk9yDS86
— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) June 10, 2022
Additionally, strict security measures were taken in Kanpur ahead of Friday prayers and CrPC Section 144 was imposed which restricts the gathering of more than four people.
Awanish Awasthi said, “Strict action will be taken against anyone who unnecessarily tries to disrupt peace and order.” He called on the people to maintain harmony and refrain from going out on the roads unnecessarily.
A video released by ANI showed residents of Howrah protesting.
#LOOK | West Bengal: Residents of Howrah staged a protest against inflammatory remarks by suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma and expelled leader Naveen Jindal. Police personnel present on site pic.twitter.com/drkawItPqn
— ANI (@ANI) June 10, 2022
Several people were injured after protests in Ranchi, Jharkhand turned violent. Vehicles were set on fire and vandalized and stone throwing took place during the protest.
DIG Ranchi Anish Gupta said: “The situation is a bit tense but under control. We are making every effort on our side. Enhanced security has been deployed. Senior officials are also present on site. the crowd is dispersed from here.”
#LOOK | Jharkhand: Protest against controversial remarks by suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma turned violent in Ranchi. Vehicles were set on fire and vandalized and stone throwing took place. Injuries reported. pic.twitter.com/Z5FIndjZzf
— ANI (@ANI) June 10, 2022
Large numbers of people, including women, took to the streets to stage a march in Navi Mumbai and Solapur in Maharashtra to protest controversial remarks by suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma.
In Jammu and Kashmir
The BJP had also issued a statement aimed at allaying minority concerns and distancing itself from these members. He affirmed that the party respects all religions and strongly denounces the insult of any religious figure.
Moreover, Nupur Sharma unconditionally withdrew her controversial statement made during a televised debate. She said her comments were a reaction to “continued insult and disrespect towards our Mahadev” (Lord Shiva). Sharma and Jindal said it was never their intention to hurt anyone’s religious feelings.
Amid the upheaval, several countries like Kuwait, Qatar and Iran also condemned the statement.
Following this, Delhi police registered an FIR against 31 people, including AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi and controversial priest Yati Narsinghanand, PTI news agency reported on Friday.
Police have also filed a separate complaint against Nupur Sharma for allegedly spreading hatred and hurting religious feelings. The two FIRs were recorded on Wednesday after a social media analysis, police were quoted as saying by the PTI news agency.
Former BJP Delhi media unit chief Naveen Kumar Jindal, who was expelled from the party for his alleged remarks against the Prophet Muhammad, and journalist Saba Naqvi have been named in the FIR.
(With PTI entries)