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Curfew in Kishtwar, Bhaderwah, violence in many parts of the country

New Delhi/Srinagar, June 10 (Agency)

Protests were held outside Delhi’s Jama Masjid and also in some states on Friday for allegedly making controversial remarks about Prophet Muhammad. Some police personnel were injured in stone pelting and security forces had to lathi-charge, lob tear gas and open fire in the air at some places.

In Jammu and Kashmir, authorities imposed curfew after tension prevailed in some areas of Bhaderwah and Kishtwar, while some parts of Kashmir remained closed.

At the same time, prohibitory orders were imposed in some parts of Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand. The protesters demanded the arrest of Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal. Sharma is a former spokesperson of the BJP, while Jindal is the former chief of the party’s Delhi unit. It is noteworthy that the BJP has suspended both its leaders for making controversial statements about the Prophet. In Delhi, outside Jama Masjid and other places, most of the demonstrations took place after the Friday prayers and the police also made several arrests. However, the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid distanced itself from the protesters, saying “no one knows who the protesters were” and demanded action against such people. Several students of Jamia Millia Islamia also demonstrated in the university campus. In Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi, an official said that some policemen were injured while controlling a protesting crowd near the Hanuman temple located on the main road of the city.

Protesters after offering Friday prayers at a nearby mosque took to the streets and pelted stones. To control the protesters, the police fired in the air and resorted to lathi-charge. When asked about the number of policemen and general public injured in the violence, Ranchi Deputy Commissioner Chhavi Ranjan said that the exact number is being ascertained. Drones are also being monitored in the affected areas to keep an eye on the miscreants. Meanwhile, demonstrations were also held in several cities of UP and Maharashtra.

At the same time, a complaint was filed on Friday against Sharma and Jindal and Swami Yeti Narasimhanand in a court in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district.

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