10 Individuals pelted stones at police personnel in Prayagraj and Saharanpur and protests broke out after Friday prayers in no less than 4 different cities in Uttar Pradesh over a now-suspended BJP chief’s latest remarks on Prophet Mohammad.
Police have arrested greater than 130 folks from six districts of the state.
In Prayagraj, some bikes and carts had been set on fireplace and an try was made to set ablaze a police car. Police used tear gasoline and lathis to disperse mobs and peace was later restored, they mentioned, including that one policeman was harm within the area.
“As many as 136 protesting folks had been arrested from six districts of the state until 9.45 pm on Friday,” Extra Director Basic of Police (Legislation and Order) Prashant Kumar mentioned.
He mentioned 45 protesters had been arrested from Saharanpur, 37 from Prayagraj, 23 folks from Ambedkar Nagar, 20 from Hathras, seven from Moradabad, and 4 from Firozabad district.
There was slogan-shouting towards the now-suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma over her remarks throughout a TV debate, which additionally triggered outrage in a number of Islamic nations.
In Saharanpur, protesters demanded the loss of life sentence for her.
There have been additionally protests in Bijnor, Moradabad, Rampur and Lucknow over the controversial remarks. Sloganeering passed off in Lucknow.
In keeping with the native folks, stone-pelting continued for over quarter-hour in Prayagraj. They mentioned a few of the folks pelted stones on the police personnel deployed on the principle highway and the state of affairs escalated when extra folks joined the stone patters.
Extra Chief Secretary (House) Awanish Awasthi mentioned, “Minor drive was used to cease some folks concerned within the violence. The state of affairs in Prayagraj is now peaceable. I want to enchantment to folks to make use of democratic methods of protest with out resorting to violence.” Uttar Pradesh’s Director Basic of Police (DGP) D S Chauhan mentioned no life has been misplaced due to the correct preparations made by the state police.
“Due to our preparedness, no life has been misplaced. We’ll take strict motion towards these discovered concerned within the violence,” he mentioned.
Extra Director Basic (ADG), Parayagraj Zone, Prem Prakash mentioned a constable of Fast Motion Drive (RAF) was injured throughout stone-pelting within the area.
Extra police drive and groups of RAF had been rushed to the spot. The police additionally fired tear gasoline shells and used drive to cease the folks, he mentioned.
In Saharanpur, folks holding placards raised slogans towards Nupur Sharma.
A few of them additionally turned violent after the safety personnel tried to cease them.
This led to temporary stone-pelting within the Nehru market space of the town. Some madrasa college students additionally raised slogans within the Deoband space.
The protesters additionally raised slogans demanding capital punishment for the suspended BJP chief.
District Justice of the Peace Akhilesh Singh instructed PTI, “Police needed to retort to drive when the protesters refused to listen to the appeals of peace by police personnel. The protestors are being recognized utilizing CCTV footage for additional motion.” 4 folks, together with the district president of AIMIM, had been arrested in Bijnor as a precautionary measure.
Superintendent of Police Dharamveer Singh mentioned AIMIM district chief Abdullah together with one Iftekhar, Mahroof and Akil had been arrested for inciting communal hatred.
In keeping with the police, the accused known as a gathering close to Purani Musfi space in Bijnor. The arrests had been made on the criticism of individuals from the Muslim group, the SP mentioned.
Individuals demanded motion towards the BJP chief and waved banners with “Arrest Nupur Sharma” written on them in Rampur and Moradabad.
In Kanpur, which was the epicentre of communal violence final week, the Friday prayers had been held in a peaceable method with no stories of any untoward incident.
The prayers had been held underneath a watertight safety vigil by police personnel.
A heavy police drive was deployed within the space with senior police and administrative officers current on the spot.
This comes following clashes final week in Kanpur over the remarks on the Prophet at a TV debate some days earlier. A excessive alert was issued throughout the state after that, and a heavy police drive was deployed to make sure that violence doesn’t happen once more.
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