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Protests over Prophet row turn violent in Howrah, sec 144 imposed till June 15, rioters pelt stones at police

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
Updated Date

Howrah: For the second consecutive day, news of violence has come to light from Howrah in West Bengal. The rioters have pelted stones at the police. Let us inform that Section-144 is applicable in many areas of Howrah. Even after this, the incidents of violence are not taking the name of stopping.

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In the Panchala Bazar of Howrah, adjacent to Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, there has been a clash again between the police and the protesters over the Prophet Controversy. Anti-social elements have pelted stones during this period. To handle the situation, the police had to use tear gas shells. Earlier yesterday too, demonstrations were held in some areas of the city against the controversial statement of suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma and expelled from BJP Naveen Kumar Jindal.

The administration has banned the gathering of three or more people in the city till June 15, 2022. A day earlier i.e. yesterday (Friday) also miscreants had pelted stones in Panchala area and blocked roads and railway tracks at different places in Howrah district.

At the same time, taking precautionary steps, the state government had suspended internet service in Howrah district on Friday evening. Officials said that the situation is under control and the police have cleared the blocked roads in Howrah’s Salap and Uluberia.

A senior police official said the protesters clashed with the police in Dhulagarh, Panchala and Uluberia when they tried to open the blockade of National Highway 6.

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Meanwhile a protestor said, “Both of the BJP leaders should be arrested immediately for making remarks that hurt religious sentiments”. 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.

Protests have erupted in several parts of the country with agitators demanding the arrest of the BJP leaders for their controversial remarks.

Several West Asian countries demanded a public apology, summoned Indian envoys and saw calls for a boycott of Indian products. The government tried to defuse the row calling the comments “views of fringe elements”.

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