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Two killed in India protests over remarks in opposition to Prophet (PBUH)

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PATNA: Indian police shot useless two protesters and arrested greater than 130 others throughout avenue rallies sparked by a ruling celebration official’s remarks concerning the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH), authorities instructed AFP Saturday.

There have been widespread protests within the Muslim world since final week, when a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s celebration made blasphemous remarks on a TV debate present.

In India and neighbouring international locations, Muslims took to the streets in large numbers after Friday prayers to sentence the remarks, with police firing on a crowd within the japanese Indian metropolis of Ranchi.

“Police had been compelled to open hearth to disperse protesters… ensuing within the demise of two,” a police officer in Ranchi instructed AFP.

Officers mentioned that the group had defied their orders to not march from a mosque to a market and had thrown damaged bottles and stones when police tried to disperse the rally with a baton cost.

Authorities lower web connections within the metropolis and imposed a curfew, with native resident Shabnam Ara telling AFP the environment remained tense on Saturday.

“We’re praying for peace and concord,” she mentioned.

Police in Uttar Pradesh fired tear gasoline to disperse not less than one rally after a number of demonstrations had been staged throughout the northern Indian state.

Most protests ended peacefully however demonstrators in some cities threw stones at police and injured not less than one officer, mentioned Avanish Awasthi, a senior authorities secretary within the state.

“We are going to take strict motion in opposition to these indulging in stone pelting and violence,” Awasthi instructed reporters.

“These working behind the scenes, instigating violence, is not going to be spared in any respect.”

Prashant Kumar, a senior police officer within the state, instructed AFP that as much as “136 protesting miscreants” had been arrested from six districts round Uttar Pradesh.

Cities round India noticed sizable demonstrations on Friday, with some crowds burning effigies of Nupur Sharma — the Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP) spokeswoman whose feedback set off the furore.

Authorities additionally lower web providers for the weekend in a number of districts close to the japanese megacity of Kolkata, after protesters blocked a railway line and mobbed a police station.

Diplomatic storm 

Sharma’s remarks have embroiled India in a diplomatic storm, with the governments of almost 20 international locations calling in Indian envoys for an evidence.

Since coming to energy nationally in 2014, Modi’s authorities and the BJP have been accused of championing discriminatory insurance policies in the direction of followers of the Islamic religion.

His authorities proposed a controversial legislation that granted citizenship to refugees in India, however not if they’re Muslim, whereas state BJP governments have handed legal guidelines making it more durable for Muslims to marry exterior their faith.

The overseas ministry final week rebuked US officers for what India termed “ill-informed” and “biased” feedback made in the course of the launch of a non secular freedom report that accused Indian officers of supporting assaults on minority worshippers.

Sharma’s feedback despatched the BJP into harm management, with the celebration suspending her from its ranks and issuing a press release saying it revered all religions.

Friday noticed the largest South Asian avenue rallies but in response to the remarks, with police estimating greater than 100,000 individuals mobilised throughout Bangladesh after noon prayers.

One other 5,000 individuals took to the streets within the Pakistani metropolis of Lahore on the name of a radical spiritual celebration, demanding that their authorities take stronger motion in opposition to India over the feedback.

The row follows anger throughout the Muslim world in 2020 after French President Emmanuel Macron defended the suitable of a satirical journal to publish caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).

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