- Over 400 people have been arrested in several states in connection with Friday’s violence
- In Uttar Pradesh, district officials continue to demolish illegal properties of rioters
- Violence erupted in many states against Nupur Sharma’s Prophet’s remarks after Friday prayers
Prophet comment line: Over 400 people, including 316 in Uttar Pradesh alone, have been arrested so far against those involved in violent protests in several states on Friday against controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammad by two sacked BJP office-bearers – Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal. . , As part of crackdown on rioters, district authorities of Prayagraj, Saharanpur and Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh have also stopped bulldozers at the “illegal” houses of the accused for the second day. In yet another shocking revelation, it has been found that minors have been at the forefront of violence in Uttar Pradesh against controversial remarks on the Prophet. According to a senior police officer, most of the protesters in Kanpur, Prayagraj, Saharanpur and Moradabad are minors. ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar admitted that minors have been found actively involved in violence after the weekend violence.
Attack on local train in West Bengal
Sporadic incidents of violence and protests were reported, including attacking and harming a group of people Local train at Bethuadahari railway station in Nadia, West Bengal Prohibitory orders continued in parts of Howrah and Murshidabad districts on Sunday evening as well.
300 in Uttar Pradesh, more than 100 arrested in Bengal
Of those arrested, 316 were arrested in eight districts of Uttar Pradesh and 100 in West Bengal, while Ranchi police registered 25 FIRs against “thousands” of people for the June 10 clashes in Jharkhand, in which Two people were killed and several others were injured. Security was beefed up in the capital, and other parts of the state as well.
Political parties and activists, including the Samajwadi Party, have accused the authorities of arbitrariness following the protests.
Congress raised questions on PM Modi’s silence
Senior Congress leader and former home minister P Chidambaram said the prime minister should have spoken and acted immediately after making objectionable statements.
There is no place for violence in a democracy
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur, however, said that law and order is a state subject and they should take strict action against the rioters.
“There is no place for violence in a democracy. In a democracy, everyone should get a chance to have their say. And when problems can be resolved through dialogue, there is no place for stone-pelting, arson and unruly behaviour. ,” They said.
He stressed that leaders and organizations should not add fuel to the fire.
Authorities tightened security and imposed restrictions in several districts after people took to the streets, pelted stones and clashed with security personnel after Friday prayers demanding the arrest of Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal.
While Sharma was suspended by the BJP and Jindal was expelled from the party amid protests from several Islamic countries, several cases were filed against him and others in different parts of the country for allegedly hurting religious sentiments. Cases and court complaints are being filed.
Summons against Nupur Sharma
Maharashtra’s Bhiwandi Police has now summoned Sharma to record her statement on Monday, while Jindal has also been summoned on June 15 on a complaint lodged against him by a representative of Raza Academy on May 30.
Earlier, police in Thane had asked Sharma to appear on June 22 while Mumbai Police had summoned him on June 25.
CM Yogi demands strict action against rioters
In Uttar Pradesh, where Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has vowed to take strict action against the rioters, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said 13 cases have been registered and 316 people arrested from eight districts.
“92 people have been arrested in Prayagraj, 79 in Saharanpur, 51 in Hathras, 34 in Ambedkar Nagar, 35 in Moradabad, 15 in Firozabad, six in Aligarh and four in Jalaun,” Kumar said.
While the mob created a ruckus in Prayagraj on Friday, on Sunday, the civic body demolished the house of the alleged mastermind of Friday’s violence amid heavy police deployment.
Bulldozers on illegal properties in UP
Under Adityanath, the state administration has been cracking down on criminals and riot accused, confiscating or demolishing their illegal properties, a day after the properties of two others accused of rioting were demolished in Saharanpur, where stones were pelted. Happened too.
,Javed Ahmed’s house JK Ashiana is located in Kareli area of Prayagraj. Police personnel and a JCB machine reached Kareli police station around 10:30 in the morning and the demolition started around 1 pm.
He said, ‘The house was built without passing the map from the PDA. For this, a notice was issued to him on 10 May and was asked to present his side on 24 May. Neither Javed nor his lawyer came on the given date. No document was also submitted, and hence on May 25, demolition orders were issued,” said an official of Prayagraj Development Authority.
Police claimed that the items recovered from the house included two country-made pistols, several live cartridges, flags, posters and banners. Police said on Saturday that Javed Ahmed alias Pump has been arrested.
Internet restored in Ranchi
In Ranchi, internet services were restored in the district after nearly 33 hours, even as Rapid Action Force, Anti-Terrorist Squad, Special Task Force and District Police were deployed at strategic locations, including “38 identified Contains vulnerable pockets.
Officials said the police conducted flag march in East Singhbhum and imposed prohibitory orders in Seraikela-Kharsawan adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan as a precautionary measure to prevent any communal violence.
Family members of Mohd Mudassir Alam and Mohd Sahil, who were killed during Friday’s clashes, claimed that they were not part of the protest procession.
Responding to questions regarding police firing, Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police Surendra Kumar Jha said that standard operating procedures were followed.
Jha said, “Firing is the last resort. We followed all the rules before firing as the crowd was aggressive and uncontrollable. I don’t want to talk much on this as the matter is under investigation,” Jha said.
Ranjan said that prohibitory orders under section 144 have been lifted from six out of 12 police station areas.
In West Bengal’s Bethuadahari, more than 1,000 protesters pelted stones, damaged houses and tried to block roads, a police official said. On being chased by the police, a section of them went inside Bethuadahari railway station and attacked a train parked on a platform there.
Train service on that line was disrupted for about two hours due to the incident.
Ten people have been detained in connection with the incident that took place at around 6.05 pm, the official told PTI.
Another group vandalized the Dhubulia railway station in Nadia. Some employees of the station and passengers of the Krishnanagar-Lalgola local train were injured, an Eastern Railway official said.
Suvendhu Adhikari stopped from going to violence-hit areas
In Purba Medinipur district, police prevented Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Suvendu Adhikari from visiting violence-hit areas of Howrah, where several BJP offices were targeted, “as a precautionary measure” as prohibitory orders were imposed in many areas. has been done. District.
The official said that he would approach the court against it on Monday.
“At present the overall situation is peaceful as there is no report of any fresh incident in Howrah and Murshidabad districts. A total of 100 people have been arrested so far. Our force is on alert and any attempt to create disturbance will be dealt with.” . persevere,” a senior police officer told PTI over phone.
In Kolkata, security was tightened in “vulnerable” areas such as Park Circus, Kidderpur, Rajabazar and Mallikbazar.
An FIR has been registered against Nupur Sharma at Kanthi police station, an official said.
In Jammu and Kashmir, a man was arrested for allegedly inciting communal tension as strict restrictions under curfew and prohibitory orders were in force in parts of the Chenab Valley.
Accused Adil Ghafoor Ganai was arrested in the early hours of Sunday during a raid at his residence in Chinar Mohalla area for allegedly making inflammatory speeches from Markazi Jamia Masjid Bhaderwah on June 9 during a protest rally against remarks on Prophet Mohammad. was charged with giving
No untoward incident was reported from anywhere in both Doda and Kishtwar districts, a police official said.
A peaceful protest was held against Nupur Sharma in Gujjar Nagar, a Muslim-dominated area in Jammu, officials said.
two arrested in delhi
In the national capital, two people have been arrested for allegedly disrupting communal harmony and protesting without permission in the Jama Masjid area.
The two were arrested on Saturday night and have been identified as Mohammad Nadeem (43), a resident of Jama Masjid area, and Faheem (37), a resident of Turkman Gate area, police said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Shweta Chauhan said that investigation is on to identify the others involved and CCTV footage is being scanned.
The Delhi Police has registered an FIR against 31 people, including AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and controversial priest Yeti Narasimhanand, and a separate case against Sharma for allegedly spreading hatred and hurting religious sentiments.
In UP’s Bareilly, an FIR was lodged at Premnagar police station on Saturday night for posting an inflammatory message with an edited picture of Nupur Sharma on a social media platform on the complaint of local BJP member Shalini Johri. was done.
Another FIR has been registered against Kuldeep for sending an objectionable message about the Prophet to a Furkhan.
In Ballia, Muhammad Yakub Ansari, a resident of Revati town, was arrested on Saturday after he posted an “obscene and objectionable post” against Sharma on Facebook, police said.
A lawyer has also filed a complaint in the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court in Srinagar against Sharma and others for their alleged “blasphemous” remarks against Prophet Mohammad.
,With inputs from PTI,