Hundreds of protesters on Friday blocked roads in West Bengal’s Howrah district against alleged controversial remarks made by two former BJP leaders about Prophet Mohammad. During this, miscreants set fire to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s office after vandalizing it. People also protested near Dasnagar railway station on Howrah-Kharagpur rail route. In view of the tense situation in Howrah, internet services have been suspended till 6 am on June 13. West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar summoned Chief Secretary Harikrishna Dwivedi, expressing concern over the law and order situation in the state.
Section 144 was imposed in many areas of the district including Banharishpur GP (Gram Panchayat), Panchla GP, Beldubi GP, Suwarara GP, Deulpur GP, Bikihakola GP, Manastala, Chengail, Nimdighi, Gangarampur, Bazarpara, Phuleshwar till 7 am on June 13. Is.
Demolition and fire in BJP office
A police official said the protesters clashed with police in Dhulagarh, Panchala and Uluberia when they tried to open the blockade of National Highway 6. According to reports, a BJP office in Uluberia was ransacked and set ablaze. In a video shared by news agency ANI, it can be seen that things are scattered after the vandalism and fire in the BJP office.
Comment on the Prophet: The spark of the demonstration reached Bangladesh, thousands of people took to the road
Police did lathicharge
“Two BJP leaders should be arrested immediately for remarks that hurt their religious sentiments,” said a protester. Police had to lathi-charge to disperse the crowd in Dhulagarh and Panchla, where the protesters pelted stones in retaliation, damaging cars parked nearby, the official said.
Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata… City-city demonstrations on Prophet dispute, situation deteriorated in many places
A South Eastern Railway official said the protesters blocked the tracks on the Howrah-Kharagpur section at 1:22 pm between Phuleshwar and Chengail stations. Bengal Imam Association president Mohammad Yahia said the organization had called for protests inside mosques across the state demanding the arrest of the two former BJP leaders. He said that the administration is free to take action against those who block the roads.
The BJP had on June 5 suspended Nupur Sharma and expelled Naveen Kumar Jindal from the party following sharp reactions from Muslim countries over his remarks on the Prophet.