Protests against Nupur Sharma: 10 booked in Ahmedabad, five released on bail in Surat

Ten people have been booked in Jamalpur district of the walled city of Ahmedabad for illegal gathering, two days after the June 10 protests against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Noupur Sharma’s statements against the Prophet, while in Surat, five men were released on bail after one arrest . Police imprisoned for one day for sticking stickers of Sharma on the road and circulating videos of her on social media.

According to the police, the FIR was filed under IPC Sections 144 for illegal assembly and 188 for disobeying an order issued by a public servant on Sunday against 10 residents of Jamalpur district.

Protests were held in Jamalpur, Kalupur, Khadia, Shahpur, Mirzapur and other parts of the Old City against Sharma on June 10 after Friday prayers.

Shops and markets in Teen Darwaza, Kalupur and Relief Road were also closed as a sign of protest. According to police, the FIR was filed on Sunday after protesters were identified using video footage. Police said they protested without permission.

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Speaking to The Indian Express, Sushil Agarwal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (District 3), Ahmedabad, said, “The accused have been identified from the videos and have been booked under the illegal assembly and disobedience. Other accused who took part in the protests have also been identified. No arrests have been made yet.”

On Sunday, city police also arrested 48 people in Johapura locality of Vijalpur, Ahmedabad and resisted them from organizing a protest march against Sharma. According to the police, a group of people tried to march from Sankalitnagar in Johabura without the permission of the police.

Meanwhile, the Ahmedabad Police Cyber ​​Crime Cell on Sunday arrested Irshad Ansari, 36, a resident of Rakhial in Ahmedabad, under sections of the Information Technology Amendment Act, for allegedly uploading several inflammatory posts on social media, urging people to protest against her. . Sharma.
In the Surat case, on June 11, members of Athwalins Police Station came across a video in which two young men were pasting pictures of Nupur Sharma and a footprint on her face on the main road in Kadar Shah Naal district.

Police removed the posters and arrested two young men – Tawfiq Sheikh, a resident of the Subidar Building in Nanpura, and Syed Saddam, a resident of Kadir Shah Nal, on 11 June.

Upon checking their phones, the police found that Tawfiq had shared a photo of Noupur Sharma with his friend Imran Pathan, a resident of Nanpura, for prints. Police also arrested Imran Pathan along with Shahrukh Pathan, a resident of Navsari Bazar, and Sher Muhammad Ansari, a resident of Nanpura.

Assistant Inspector of Police Athualin MM Vasava has filed a complaint against Tawfiq Sheikh, Saddam Saeed, Imran Pathan and others, under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.

All the detainees appeared on Monday afternoon before the Yogita Sharma Court of Justice, which released them on bail.

Speaking to The Indian Express, defense attorney Nadim Chaudhry said, “Tawfik told me he was my mother…, while the FIR report stated that he sent a message to Imran on June 9… I checked Tawfiq’s mobile phone and found that the message was sent on June 10 at 10 am. 3.18 p.m. I shared the information with the judge. The judge examined the mobile phone himself and found it to be contradictory.”

Deputy Police Commissioner Sagar Bhagmar said, “We have come across the discrepancy.. There will be some communication errors. We are looking forward to it.”

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