Protests over Prophet remarks, BJP seeks Army deployment in Bengal

BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari has written to West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar seeking Army or paramilitary forces deployment in the state

Protests erupted in several states on Friday over remarks made by now suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma on Prophet Muhammad. Demonstrations were carried out in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana and West Bengal after Friday prayers. The protestors carried placards demanding Nupur Sharma's arrest and also burnt effigies of the BJP leader. Incidents of stone-pelting were reported in several states as protestors clashed with police.


At least 109 people have been arrested across Uttar Pradesh in connection with protests on Friday.

“Some people intentionally tried to disrupt peace today, despite efforts of police and administration. We have arrested 109 people from different districts in this regard as of now; primary districts being Saharanpur, Ambedkarnagar, Firozabad, Moradabad, and Prayagraj, Prashant Kumar, ADG Law and Order.


The Samajwadi Party has banned all its media panelists and spokespersons from participating in any TV debates over the protests over Nupur Sharma’s remarks. Additionally, the SP has asked party leaders not to issue any statement on the issue.


In West Bengal, Passengers were forced to wait at different stations in Howrah as protestors blocked the South Eastern line on Friday. Five trains were cancelled and a few were diverted due to agitation in Howrah.


The West Bengal government has suspended internet services in Howrah after protests over remarks on Prophet Muhammad by Nupur Sharma turned violent. The internet services has been suspended till Monday, June 13. Internet ban has been imposed in the area under jurisdiction of Howrah Police Commision (urban area) and Howrah Police (Rural).


BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari has written to West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar seeking Army or paramilitary forces deployment in the state. In view of violence that erupted on Friday as protestors took to streets over Nupur Sharma’s remark, Suvendu Adhikari alleged law and order collapse in the state.


Bihar minister and BJP leader Nitin Navin narrowly escaped after he was caught by protestors in Ranchi. The BJP leader's vehicle was vandalised by demonstrators who smashed the car's windscreen.

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