Kolkata: Hundreds of protesters on Friday blocked roads in West Bengal’s Howrah district and blocked train movement by sitting on train tracks at railway stations against the remarks made by two former BJP leaders about Prophet Mohammad. A BJP office was vandalized and set ablaze in Uluberia, Howrah district today.
A 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. At the same time, due to the ongoing protest on the Howrah-Kharagpur rail route, passengers are facing problems at Santragachi railway station.
Two BJP leaders should be arrested immediately for remarks that hurt their religious sentiments, one of the protesters said. 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.
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.