Following Friday prayers, protests erupted in many locations across the state. Sloganeering was reported in Saharanpur, Moradabad, Rampur, and Lucknow, according to a senior officer at the Uttar Pradesh Police headquarters in Lucknow.
After the Friday prayers in Prayagraj’s Atala neighbourhood, people chanted slogans and threw stones. To maintain peace and order, a large police force was deployed in the region. Senior police and government officials have also arrived on the scene.
Police in Uttar Pradesh announced that 255 persons have been arrested across the state. Police officers in Saharanpur and Prayagraj warned anyone held under the National Security Act will face consequences.
Prashant Kumar, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), stated in a statement on Saturday evening that 68 people were detained in Prayagraj, 64 in Saharanpur, and 50 in Hathras.
Ambedkarnagar had 28 arrests, Moradabad had 27, Firozabad had 13, Aligarh had three, and Jalaun had two.
According to the ADG, 13 FIRs have been filed in connection with Friday’s demonstrations, including three each in Prayagraj and Saharanpur, as well as one each in Firozabad, Aligarh, Hathras, Moradabad, Ambedkarnagar, Kheri, and Jalaun.
Two persons were killed in Ranchi after Friday prayers amid a violent demonstration against controversial remarks about Prophet Muhammad made by suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled leader Naveen Jindal, news agencu ANI reported.
After demonstrations erupted with hundreds of people demanding Sharma’s arrest, several police officers were hurt in Ranchi while attempting to manage an enraged throng near Hanuman Temple, which is located on the capital city’s Main Road, police said. To manage the throng that poured out into the road after Friday prayers and threw stones and yelled slogans, police shot in the air and used lathi-charge.
“Few policemen have been injured. We are looking into the situation. We are reinforcing deployment,” a senior police official told PTI.
A big throng gathered on Main Road, yelling anti-Sharma and anti-Jindal chants. To handle the situation and prevent any unfortunate incidents, a large security deployment has been created.
According to authorities, the demonstration began early in the morning and gathered up speed after Friday prayers. Many businesses and restaurants shut their doors in protest of the statements.
Protests occurred outside Hyderabad’s Mecca Masjid over the same problem. Protesters were eventually removed from the area after police involvement. A police force and the CRPF have been deployed in the area.
A big number of people take part in a protest march against Nupur Sharma in the state’s Solapur district and Navi Mumbai.
“I would like to tell people of the state that situation across Maharashtra is under control and peaceful. Everyone, from all religious backgrounds, must try and continue that peace. Police were prepared. Only peaceful protests were seen in state,” said Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil.
According to police, miscreants hung an effigy of Sharma from an electric wire outside a mosque on Fort Road in Belagavi, mimicking a public execution. They stated that because the matter sparked public concern, police and the city municipal corporation swiftly removed it.
Unknown miscreants have been charged with fostering hostility amongst communities and disrupting society’s harmony, according to the police.