Mass protests erupted in many parts of Murshidabad over the remarks made by former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nupur Sharma on Prophet Muhammad. Heavy police force was deployed to handle the situation. However, the protest turned violent as the rioters threw bricks and petrol bombs at the police.
This comes after protests in several parts of Howrah on Friday over controversial remarks on Prophet Muhammad by two BJP leaders – Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal. Prohibitory orders were in place to prevent sporadic incidents of violence and arson.