West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday stated that some political events need to incite riots and requested why ought to the residents undergo for the Bharatiya Janata Get together’s “sin”.
Her feedback got here after violent protests continued in Howrah district towards the disparaging remarks made by two BJP spokespersons about Prophet Muhammad.
“Violent incidents have been happening in Howrah for 2 days now,” the chief minister wrote on Twitter. “There are some political events behind this they usually need to instigate riots. However this won’t be tolerated and strict motion might be taken towards all of them. The BJP will sin, widespread individuals will undergo?”
The BJP is going through backlash from Muslims in India and overseas, together with plenty of Gulf international locations, after Nupur Sharma made the remarks concerning the Prophet throughout a debate on the Occasions Now tv channel on Might 26. Naveen Jindal, who was media head of the get together’s Delhi unit, had additionally posted a tweet on June 1 concerning the Prophet, which he later deleted.
On June 5, the BJP had suspended Sharma and expelled Jindal after the diplomatic outrage.
Protests have been persevering with in Howrah since Thursday. Demonstrations had been additionally held towards the BJP leaders in a number of elements of the nation on Friday.
In Howrah, the protestors set a number of kiosks and automobiles, together with these belonging to police, on fireplace. In Uleberia and Panchla areas of the district, the native BJP get together places of work had been additionally set on fireplace allegedly by the protestors.
The protestors additionally blocked highway and railway tracks, resulting in lengthy visitors jams and cancellation of a number of native and categorical trains.
Web providers have been suspended throughout the district until June 13 to rein within the unrest. Part 144 of the Code of Prison Process, which prohibits the gathering of greater than 4 individuals, is in place in a number of areas akin to Uluberia, Panchla and Domjur until June 15, PTI reported.
Web providers have additionally been suspended in Murshidabad’s Beldanga space until 6 am on June 14 to curtail the unfold of rumours.
A recent conflict broke out between the police and the protestors in Howrah’s Panchla Bazaar on Saturday. The police threw tear fuel shells to disperse those that threw stones at them, ANI reported.
Bengal BJP chief arrested
The police additionally arrested West Bengal BJP unit chief Sukanta Majumdar on Saturday afternoon as he tried to go to violence-hit areas in Howrah district, PTI reported.
Majumdar, the MP of Balurghat in Uttar Dinajpur, was arrested close to the toll plaza on Vidyasagar Setu, the police stated. “It is a preventive arrest,” an officer added.
He was, nevertheless, launched later within the night, ANI reported.
Earlier within the day, the BJP chief instructed reporters that the police had put up barricades outdoors his house and stopped him from stepping out.
Trinamool Congress chief and MLA Tapas Ray alleged that Majumdar needs to incite communal stress. “Police did the suitable factor by stopping him,” he added.
On Saturday, Commissioner of Howrah Metropolis Police C Sudhakar and Superintendent of Howrah Rural Police Soumya Roy had been transferred after the violence, News18 reported.
The Ministry of House Affairs has requested police chief of states and Union Territories to be alert after the protests on Friday, ANI reported.
In Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi, two individuals died as protests erupted after Friday prayers. In Uttar Pradesh, a complete of 227 individuals have been arrested from totally different districts by the police in reference to the demonstrations.