New Delhi, Jun 11: Two individuals succumbed to gunshot wounds in Jharkhand capital Ranchi and recent violence broke out in West Bengal’s Howrah on Saturday as rigidity prevailed in a number of components of the nation a day after the riotous protests in opposition to the controversial remarks by BJP’s now-sacked two functionaries on Prophet Mohammad.
Authorities suspended the Web and tightened safety within the affected districts as they cracked down on protesters allegedly concerned within the violence and clashes with police personnel, with over 250 folks arrested in Uttar Pradesh alone.
Instances have been additionally registered in Delhi, Maharashtra and different states the place folks held large protests after Friday prayers demanding the arrest of former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal.
Whereas a bandh was noticed on Saturday within the Jharkhand capital on a name by Hindu outfits in opposition to the violence, round 2,500 police personnel have been deployed and the web was suspended within the district.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren fashioned a two-member committee, comprising senior IAS officer Amitabh Kaushal and Extra Director Basic of Police Sanjay Latkar to analyze the violence that left two individuals lifeless and at the least 24 folks injured, a senior official advised PTI.
The committee has been requested to submit its report back to the state authorities in every week, he mentioned.
Mohammad Mudassir Kaifi (22), who had gunshot wounds on his head, and 24-year-old Mohammad Sahil, with bullet accidents on neck, died throughout remedy, an official of state-run Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences mentioned in Ranchi.
”Each have been residents of Ranchi,” he mentioned, including that eight others are within the ICU.
Ranchi’s Deputy Inspector Basic Anish Gupta mentioned a Particular Investigation Group has additionally been set as much as probe the incident. ”Three FIRs have been lodged to this point. Search operations are on to arrest the individuals concerned within the violence,” he mentioned.
Delhi Police registered a case in reference to Friday’s protest exterior Jama Masjid and underneath part 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code and additional investigation is underway, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Shweta Chauhan mentioned.
Contemporary violence was reported within the Panchla Bazaar space in West Bengal’s Howrah district as protesters clashed with the police, set ablaze a number of homes and likewise vandalised a BJP get together workplace.
Protests had erupted in a number of components of Howrah district on Friday with folks indulging in stone-pelting, setting police automobiles on hearth and damaging public property.
Web providers have been suspended throughout the district until June 13 and prohibitory orders underneath Part 144 of CrPC imposed in a number of areas equivalent to Uluberia, Domjur and Panchla until June 15.
On Saturday, authorities suspended web providers in components of Murshidabad district additionally until June 14.
The West Bengal authorities effected a police reshuffle in Howrah district, appointing Praveen Tripathi, Extra CP of Kolkata Police, the brand new Commissioner of Police of Howrah Metropolis and different officers, after an emergency assembly on the state secretariat.
BJP’s West Bengal unit president Sukanta Majumdar was arrested on Saturday afternoon close to the toll plaza on Vidyasagar Setu when he was on the way in which to violence-hit Howrah district, folowing which the get together protested in a number of districts. ”His go to might have created a regulation and order state of affairs. This can be a preventive arrest,” a senior police officer advised PTI.
Majumdar, the MP of Balurghat in Uttar Dinajpur, mentioned the state of affairs in West Bengal was quick turning into that in Kashmir.
Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim demanded the arrest of Sharma. Nupur Sharma was suspended by the Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP) whereas one other chief, Naveen Jindal, was expelled over their controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammad amid an intense backlash from a number of Islamic nations and requires a boycott of Indian merchandise. There have been protests in lots of Indian cities as effectively, whereas a number of FIRs have been registered in opposition to Sharma.
Sharma was on Saturday summoned by Mumbai Police to report her assertion on June 25 in reference to a First Info Report (FIR) at Pydhonie police station. She was earlier summoned by neighbouring Thane police to report assertion on June 22.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi accused the BJP of not taking well timed motion in opposition to Sharma. He mentioned that no person ought to bask in violence over the difficulty and police also needs to not take the regulation into their palms.
”The BJP’s motion of suspending her for violating the get together’s structure didn’t resolve the difficulty, and one also needs to consider the Indian Structure,” the All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief mentioned.
Union minister Ramdas Athawale appealed to folks, particularly Muslims, to take care of peace and mentioned the federal government and police are keeping track of these attempting to set off communal violence within the nation.
”The BJP has already taken motion in opposition to the 2 leaders and subsequently, there isn’t a want for an agitation. Individuals want to take care of calm,” the Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment mentioned in Jammu.
In Jammu and Kashmir, a Kashmiri YouTuber was arrested in Srinagar on prices of breaching public tranquillity and inflicting worry within the public after he posted a video depicting the beheading of Nupur Sharma on social media platforms.
Faisal Wani had deleted the video and apologised for it as effectively. Earlier than his arrest, he posted one other video during which he claimed he didn’t have any intention of wounding the feelings of individuals or any faith.
Curfew remained imposed in components of Chenab valley in Jammu after violent protests, whereas a day-long shutdown was known as by some Muslim our bodies.
Broadband and cellular web providers remained suspended in a number of areas, together with Bhaderwah and Kishtwar cities, as a precautionary measure.
Reviews from the dual border districts of Rajouri and Poonch within the Peer Panchal area of Jammu mentioned a peaceable shutdown was noticed there.
Uttar Pradesh police mentioned it had arrested 255 folks from numerous districts. In Saharanpur and Prayagraj, police officers mentioned motion will probably be taken in opposition to these arrested underneath the stringent Nationwide Safety Act.
Amongst these arrested, 68 have been held in Prayagraj and 64 in Saharanpur and 50 in Hathras, Extra Director Basic of Police (Regulation and Order) Prashant Kumar mentioned in a press release on Saturday night. He mentioned 28 folks have been arrested in Ambedkarnagar, 27 in Moradabad, 13 in Firozabad, and three in Aligarh and two in Jalaun.
The ADG mentioned, a complete of 13 FIRs have been lodged in reference to Friday’s protests — three every in Prayagraj and Saharanpur, and one every in Firozabad, Aligarh, Hathras, Moradabad, Ambedkarnagar, Kheri and Jalaun.
UP Chief Minister Adityanath, who has typically spoken of how underneath his rule the state has been rid of frequent riots, issued a stern warning saying ”no harmless ought to be harassed, however not a single responsible ought to be spared”.
In Saharanpur, civic our bodies had begun demolishing the alleged unlawful properties of two of the accused recognized by way of CCTV footage.
Asserting that protesting an ”insult” to Prophet Mohammad is a constitutional proper of Muslims, prominet Muslim outfit Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind mentioned the denial of this proper by way of ”indiscriminate arrests”, police firing and using bulldozers was a ”shame” to any democratic authorities.
Nonetheless, the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) demanded strict motion in opposition to the perpetrators of the violence and putting in of high-resolution cameras “inside and out of doors” each mosque and madrassa in addition to within the Muslim-dominated areas for monitoring of the actions in these locations, the outfit’s nationwide spokesperson Vinod Bansal mentioned.
In Maharashtra, a number of circumstances have been registered in reference to Friday’s protests.
An FIR registered was registered at Panvel metropolis Police station underneath part 37 (1) (3), 135 of Maharashtra Police Act (violating prohibitory orders) in opposition to the protesters. Instances have been additionally registered at Ganesh Peth Police Station at Nagpur metropolis, Metropolis Chowk in Aurangabad metropolis, Shahada in Nandurbar, Kotwali Police Station at Ahmednagar, Sadar Bazar at Jalna and Sadar Bazar at Solapur.
A case had been registered in opposition to over 100 demonstrators who staged an agitation in Aurangabad underneath part 149 (illegal meeting) and different related provisions of the IPC and Motor Autos Act, an official from the Begumpura police station mentioned.
BJP’s Bhopal MP Pragya Singh Thakur, who has typically courted controversies along with her remarks, got here out in assist of Sharma, saying that if anyone insults Hindu deities, then such folks can be advised the ”fact”.
After Thakur’s feedback made right here on Friday, the opposition Congress in Madhya Pradesh sought a clarification from the BJP on its stand.
Within the wake of the violent protests, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai mentioned he has directed police to take all steps to take care of regulation and order within the state.