Prophet Remark: 60 Arrested for Violence in Bengal; Internet Shutdown in 2 Districts; BJP Demands Central Forces

Up to 60 people were arrested on Saturday after violence rocked the Howrah district of West Bengal over controversial remarks made by the currently-arrested Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal about the Prophet Muhammad. The area, about 16 km from the state capital Kolkata, witnessed a new wave of violence on Saturday, during which protesters clashed with police and many public properties were damaged.

Internet services were suspended in Howrah until June 13 and a similar crackdown was imposed in parts of Murshidabad until June 14 after violence erupted in the area on Saturday.

In Hawra, on Friday, protesters threw stones, set police cars on fire and looted public property during violent clashes with policemen. Section 144 has also been enforced in several parts of the province, including Uluberia, Domjur and Panchla until June 15.

Here are the top updates from violence-hit Bengal:

  1. Internet services have been suspended in Beldanga 1 area of ​​Murshidabad covering Beldanga Police Station area and Beldanga 2 covering Rejinagar and Shaktipur Police Station areas until 6am on June 14.
  2. A 7-member BJP delegation, led by state party chief Sukanta Majumdar, met Governor Jagdeep Dankhar in Raj Bhavan at 7 pm on Saturday following the violence. The governor appealed to everyone to maintain the peace and urged the administration to deal firmly with the perpetrators of the law.
  3. Howrah was rocked by fresh outbursts of violence on Saturday when clashes were reported from the Panchla Bazar district, where several houses were torched. During the protests, agitators threw stones at police, injuring some policemen. The BJP office has also been vandalized by a mob.
  4. The violence in Howrah prompted action against SP of Howrah (Rural) Saumya Roy and Howrah (City) Police Commissioner C Sudhakar, who were expelled. The state administration named Praveen Tripathi, additional CP of Kolkata Police, the new Commissioner of Police in Howrah City, while Swathi Bhangalia, DCP (southwest) of Kolkata Police, was appointed the new SP of Howrah (rural).
  5. BJP Bengal MP Sumitra Khan on Saturday wrote to Federal Home Minister Amit Shah, calling for an immediate deployment of Central Troops to Howrah.
  6. BJP leader and assistant in charge of West Bengal Amit Malviya said that if the state government cannot act, then the chief minister should allow the governor to deploy the army.
  7. Tweeting in Hindi, BJP National Chairman JP Nada said in a tweet in Hindi that the Bengal government is “raising the morale of criminals, providing sanctuary to anti-social elements, while on the other hand suppressing the voices of those who fight people are fighting in a democratic way”.
  8. BJP Bengal chief Sukanta Majumdar and his aides were arrested on Saturday while trying to visit violence-affected areas of Howrah district. Majumdar was arrested from Vidyasagar Setu toll yard in Howrah and taken to Lalebazar Headquarters, Kolkata Police. The BJP leader had alleged earlier today that police had set up barricades outside his residence in New Town on the northeastern outskirts of Kolkata as he was preparing to leave for Howrah.
  9. However, the ruling Transitional Military Council criticized the BJP, saying that the state government has effectively handled the situation. TMC leader Kunal Ghosh said, “The BJP is trying to spread violence in the state. They are also trying to spoil the atmosphere of Bengal and the country through their hate policies.”

(with PTI input)

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