Protests erupt in a number of cities towards remarks on Prophet by ex-BJP spokespersons


Protests erupted in a number of elements of the nation on Friday towards the derogatory remarks by former BJP spokespersons  on Prophet Mohammad and the Muslim neighborhood. Demonstrations had been held in Delhi, Srinagar, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, amongst others.

This comes amid the refrain of criticism from the Islamic world even because the ruling BJP expelled its nationwide spokesperson Nupur Sharma and its Delhi spokesperson Naveen Kumar Jindal. The Centre has additionally clarified that their remarks don’t mirror the views of the federal government.

“We have made it pretty clear that tweets and comments do not reflect views of the government,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated at a media briefing.

We check out the cities which have been hit by protests over the matter:

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New Delhi

Protests erupted outdoors Jama Masjid in New Delhi after the Friday prayers demanding the arrest of suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma over her controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammed, the police stated. Scores of individuals, carrying placards, shouted slogans towards Sharma.

A senior police officer stated that whereas among the demonstrators left the location after a while, others continued to protest.

Delhi Police has registered an FIR towards 31 folks, together with AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and controversial priest Yati Narsinghanand, and filed a separate case towards Nupur Sharma.

Similar scenes had been additionally seen outdoors the Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi the place effigies of Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal had been burnt in protest towards their remarks.


Tension briefly prevailed outdoors Mecca Mosque in Hyderabad on Friday as tons of held a protest towards the BJP-led Central authorities over the latest feedback made towards Islam and the Prophet that damage non secular sentiments.

Hundreds gathered outdoors the mosque after afternoon prayers and raised anti-BJP slogans. However, anticipating protests, heavy police pressure had been deployed within the space and so they had been efficiently in a position to avert any untoward incidents.

The police cordoned off the whole space across the mosque in addition to round Charminar and surrounding areas. There was heavy deployment outdoors different mosques as effectively in close by areas. After elevating slogans for about quarter-hour, the protesters marched off peacefully.

A protest march in Srinagar on Friday. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)


Life got here to a halt in Srinagar on Friday as town noticed a shutdown in protest towards the statements by former BJP spokespersons about Prophet Mohammad.

Shops and different enterprise institutions remained closed on the metropolis centre or Lal Chowk and different elements of the capital. Authorities snapped cellular web companies within the district and protests had been additionally seen throughout cities.

“Anti-Kashmir and anti-Muslim measures are a hallmark of this central rule. Deliberating hurting the sentiments of Muslims across the world including in J&K, to appease their constituency across India, these people by using derogatory language against Islam and the holy Prophet,” Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who heads the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, stated.


A curfew was imposed in Ranchi after policemen had been injured on Friday whereas attempting to manage an irate mob close to Hanuman Temple, located within the metropolis’s Main Road. This got here after protests erupted with tons of of individuals demanding the arrest of suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma for her controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammad, the police stated.

Police fired within the air, moreover resorting to lathicharge to manage the mob which spilled out on the street after Friday prayers and pelted stones and shouted slogans. Heavy safety deployment has been made to handle the state of affairs and keep away from any untoward incident. According to police officers, the protest has been persevering with since morning and picked up tempo post-Friday prayers. Many retailers and institutions stored their shutters down in protest towards the remarks.

Uttar Pradesh

Protests broke out at a number of locations within the state after the Friday prayers over now-suspended BJP chief Nupur Sharma’s controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammad. A senior official on the Uttar Pradesh Police headquarters in Lucknow stated sloganeering happened in Saharanpur, Moradabad, Rampur and Lucknow.

People raised slogans and pelted stones in Atala space of Prayagraj after the Friday prayers ended. The Police have been deployed within the space to make sure that legislation and order is maintained. Senior police and administrative officers have additionally reached the spot.

Additional Director General (Law and Order) Parashant Kumar stated, “The reports of stone-pelting in Prayagraj are being looked into.” He added that the Friday prayers had been held peacefully in most locations throughout the state.


Miscreants on Friday hanged an effigy of suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma from an electrical wire resembling a public execution close to a mosque on Fort Road, the police stated. As the problem triggered a public outrage, police, together with town municipal company, eliminated it, they added.

The police have registered a case towards unknown miscreants for spreading enmity between communities and disturbing peace within the society.

People in Kolkata gathered in giant numbers demanding the arrest of ex-BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma. (Express Photo: Partha Paul)


In Kolkata, over 300 folks turned up throughout namaaz with posters demanding the arrest of Nupur Sharma. Similar scenes had been seen within the twin-city of Howrah the place folks turned out in giant numbers with placards and posters, chanting slogans towards the now-suspended BJP leaders and demanding their arrest.


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