On Camera, Cops Fire In Air In Ranchi Amid Protests Over Prophet Comments

Police lathi-charged the protesters after they pelted stones at the security personnel. The protest began after the Friday prayers.

Police fired in the air to control the mob.

Ranchi:

A curfew has been imposed in some parts of Ranchi after some policemen were injured today while trying to control an irate mob near Hanuman Temple. Hundreds of protesters are demanding the arrest of suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma for her controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammad, police said.

Police fired in the air and took to lathi-charge to control the mob after they threw stones at the security personnel. The protest began after the Friday prayers.

"Few policemen have been injured. We are looking into the situation. We are reinforcing deployment," a senior police official told PTI.

A large crowd of people gathered on Ranchi's Main Road shouting slogans against Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal, former head of the Delhi BJP's media unit.

Heavy security deployment has been made to manage the situation and avoid any untoward incident.

According to police officials, the protest have been continuing since morning and picked up tempo post-Friday prayers. Many shops and establishments kept their shutters down in protest against the remarks.

The protesters demanded the immediate arrest of Nupur Sharma.

"More than 1,100 shops in the market were shut since morning in protest against remarks of Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal. We demand their immediate arrest," New Daily Market Traders Welfare Association President Haji Md Hasim told PTI.

Mr Hasim said they wanted a peaceful procession but police didn't give permission. "So we are protesting peacefully outside our shops here," he said.

The row over the remarks against Prophet Muhammad escalated on Sunday with protests from countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Iran, prompting the BJP to take action against its functionaries and assert that it respects all religions.

As the row intensified within the country and abroad, the BJP on Sunday suspended Nupur Sharma and expelled Naveen Jindal.

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