In Jharkhand, a slew of FIRs have been filed against “thousands of people” who protested on Friday. Police remains heavily in sensitive areas, but Internet services were in the district nearly 33 hours.
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Meanwhile, the Prayagraj Development Authority (PDA) on Sunday demolished the “illegally constructed” house of Javed Ahmad, alias Pump, the alleged mastermind of Friday’s violence, amid a heavy police deployment. A day earlier, the properties of two people accused of rioting were demolished in Saharanpur where stone-pelting had taken place.
In West Bengal, Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari was on Sunday afternoon stopped by police at Tamluk in Purba Medinipur district “as a precautionary measure” to prevent him from visiting violence-hit Howrah district, where prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC have been imposed , a senior officer said.
Adhikari later lashed out at the “unwarranted” police action and appealed to state Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar to allow him to visit vandalised BJP offices in the area.
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West Bengal LoP stopped from visiting Howrah
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari was moving with his security entourage when he was stopped by a huge police team at Radharani More in Tamluk. He was not accompanied by any other BJP leader.
“We have received information that Adhikari was planning to visit Howrah district, in parts of which Section 144 of CrPC has been imposed. So, as a precautionary measure, we had to prevent him from going there as his visit may cause a law and order problem,” a senior police officer said.
Adhikari remained seated inside the vehicle, claiming he had no intention of visiting Howrah. He was also reluctant to return to his Kanthi in Purba Medinipur district from where he had started. He engaged in heated arguments with police officers present at the spot, who were blocking his vehicle.
Before for Howrah, Adhikari had said he would move the court on Monday if he was stopped from visiting vandalised BJP offices in the district, which will witness violent protests over controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammad by suspended BJP spokespersons.
BJP state unit chief Sukanta Majumdar was arrested on Saturday afternoon when he was heading towards Howrah district. He was later released.
authorities demolish house of Prayagraj violence accused
A senior official of the Prayagraj Development Authority PDA said that Javed Ahmad’s illegally constructed house, located in the Kareli area of Prayagraj, was demolished on Sunday. Ahmad was arrested on Saturday.
“The house was built without getting its map passed by the PDA. For this, he was issued a notice on May 10 and was told to present his point of view on May 24. On the said date, neither Javed nor his lawyer turned up No document was presented in this regard, and hence on May 25, demolition orders were issued,” the PDA official said.
25 FIRs lodged in tense Ranchi
In Jharkhand’s Ranchi, where two people were killed during after Friday prayers, around 3,500 security personnel were on guard at sensitive areas on Sunday. A total of 25 FIRs have also been registered against “thousands” of people in the aftermath of violent protests.
Internet services, however, were restored in the district after nearly 33 hours, Ranchi Deputy Commissioner Chhavi Ranjan said.
The protesters have been demanding the arrest of suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled leader Naveen Jindal for their controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammad.
Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police Surendra Kumar Jha said personnel of the Rapid Action Force, anti-terrorism squad, special task force and district police have been deputed at strategic locations, including “38 identified vulnerable pockets”.
Fifty motorcycle patrol teams have also been pressed into service.
“Twenty-five FIRs have been registered against 22 named people, and thousands of unnamed people. No arrests have been made so far. Interrogation is underway based on inputs from intelligence, CID and social media,” Jha said at a press conference here.
Ranjan said prohibitory orders under Section 144 have been lifted from six of the 12 police station areas.
Restrictions on movement of five or more persons continue in Kotwali, Lower Bazar, Chutia, Daily Market, Doranda and Hindipiri stations, but people have been allowed to purchase daily essentials while adhering to the provisions, he said.
Two FIRs lodged in Bareilly
Police have lodged two FIRs in connection with two separate incidents of posting inflammatory messages on social media platforms, a senior official said on Sunday.
Bareilly SP City Ravindra Kumar said an FIR was registered at Premnagar police station against Rehan on the complaint of Shalini Johri, for posting inflammatory message on a social media platform. Johri is a local BJP member and head of one of the party’s women groups.
Rehan, according to police, posted an edited picture of former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma.
Another FIR has been lodged against Kuldeep who sent an objectionable message about the Prophet. City Magistrate Rajeev Kumar said some people on Saturday night also protested demanding action against Kuldeep.
Two held in Delhi for disrupting communal harmony
Two men were arrested on Sunday for allegedly disrupting communal harmony and holding protest without permission in Jama Masjid area last week to demand the arrest of suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma.
Police are also scanning CCTV and mobile footage recorded by the public in the area to identify more culprits.
“Around 1,500 people had gathered at the mosque for Friday prayers. When the prayers ended peacefully, some people came outside, started showing placards and shouted slogans. Some others also joined them later and the numbers went up to around 300,” the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Shweta Chauhan had said.
The Delhi Police has registered an FIR against 31 people, including AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and controversial priest Yati Narsinghanand, and filed a separate case against Sharma for allegedly spreading hate and hurting religious sentiments.
No place for violence in democracy: Anurag Thakur
Meanwhile, Union minister Anurag Thakur said there is “no place for violence in a democracy”, apparently referring to recent violent protests in several parts of the country against the controversial remarks made by Sharma.
Speaking to reporters, the Information and Broadcasting minister said, “There is no place for violence in a democracy. Everybody should get an opportunity to put his point of view in a democracy. And when the problems can be resolved through talks, then there is no place for stone-pelting, arson and unruly behaviour.”
Leaders or organizations should not add fuel to the fire, he stressed. The Union minister said law and order is a state subject and in order to maintain it, they should take strict possible action against the rioters.
He claimed violent protests are being deliberately planned to vitiate the atmosphere in the state and in the country.
Bhiwandi police summon Nupur Sharma, Naveen Kumar Jindal
The Bhiwandi police in Maharashtra have summoned suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma to record a statement on Monday in connection with her alleged objectionable remarks against Mohammad, an official said on Sunday.
Besides, expelled BJP functionary Naveen Kumar Jindal has also been asked by the Bhiwandi police in Thane district to record his statement on June 15 over his alleged controversial tweets against Prophet Mohammad, senior policeor Chetan Kakade inspect told reporters.
The Bhiwandi police had registered a case against Sharma following a complaint lodged by a representative of the Raza Academy on May 30, he said.
(With inputs from agencies)