Two people died and over 20 others were injured in the violence in Ranchi during protests against suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma's remarks on Prophet Muhammad.
Authorities at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences confirmed that two people brought to the hospital after the protesters clashed with police have succumbed to their injuries.
Among the 22 injured, 10 are policemen and the others protesters. Three of the injured are in a critical condition.
Several parts of the Jharkhand capital were put under curfew after protesters clashed with police yesterday. The protesters demanded the arrest of suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma, whose remarks on Prophet Muhammad have kicked up a storm.
Police fired in the air and took to lathi-charge yesterday to control the mob after they started throwing stones.
A large crowd gathered on Ranchi's Main Road and raised slogans against Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal, former head of the Delhi BJP's media unit who was expelled by the party over his remarks.
Heavy force has been deployed in the area to prevent any untoward incident. Many shops in the city also remained closed to protest against the remarks.
The violence in the Jharkhand capital broke out on a day several cities across at least nine states witnessed huge protests over the BJP leader's remarks.
City police chief Anshuman Kumar confirmed that two people died of gunshot injuries. "Eight rioters and four policemen have been injured. They are being treated at RIMS and other hospitals. We will first identity those involved in the violence, question them and then arrest them," he said.
"The situation is under control. Restrictions are in place in the affected areas," he added.
The district administration has said that internet connectivity has been blocked in the area till tomorrow.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has appealed for peace. "I suddenly received information about this worrisome (protest) incident... people of Jharkhand have always been very sensitive and tolerant... no need to panic. I appeal to everyone to maintain harmony and refrain from participating in any activities that will lead to more such crimes," he told the media.