New Delhi: Ahmed Bukhari, Shahi Imam of the Jama Masjid in New Delhi, said that he was not informed about the protest that took place at Jama Masjid’s premises following the Friday prayer over the derogatory remarks on Prophet Muhammad given by suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma.
Bukhari said the protests, which erupted outside the mosque after Friday prayers, were unexpected and were allegedly staged by “outsiders.”
Suddenly, after Namaz, slogans started being raised at Jama Masjid Chowk, at gate number one. I do not even know that there was any call [for protests], certainly not by the Jama Masjid. I don’t know who these people are. The police should investigate, “Bukhari said.”
Some people wanted a shutdown in Delhi, but people refused. But there had been several calls for protest doing the rounds on social media, “said Bukhari.”
Not to mention Delhi, protests have taken place in several other cities such as Kolkata, Kanpur, Saharanpur, Muradabad, and Paryagraj.
In Kolkata’s Howrah, the demonstrations took a violent phase as protesters started pelting stones on police personnel. The police had to hurl tear gas to disperse the crowd.
The demand of the protesters was to arrest Nupur Sharma for her controversial remarks on the Prophet. The BJP removed Sharma from her post as BJP spokesperson and the government distanced itself from her remarks after being roundly condemned by a host of Islamic countries.