Kanpur- Violence erupted Over Protests Against BJP’s Nupur Sharma’s Remarks on Prophet; 17 arrested

KANPUR: Violence erupted in parts of the city after Friday prayers with scores of people from a particular community pelted stone at the police and general public in Kanpur after a Muslim organization called to shut down shops over the alleged comments made by the BJP leader Nupur Sharma about Prophet Mohammed in debate telecasted on a national television.

According to latest information, Kanpur police has reportedly arrested 18 of them after violence. The police said that clashes broke out in Pared, Nai Sadak and Yateemkhana areas of Kanpur.

Many got injured in stone pelting, leading the police to resort to lathicharge to bring the situation under control. A senior police official said that an investigation has been launched into the matter and CCTV footages are being scanned to identify the culprits.  

Additional Director General (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said “Those involved in the violence are being identified with help of video clips of the incident. The accused will be booked under Gangster Act and their properties will be seized or demolished,”

Kanpur police commissioner Vijay Singh Meena said two people have been injured in the violent episode. “Suddenly, around 50-100 people came and started raising slogans, which was opposed by the other side. Then there was stone pelting. The police force controlled the situation,” he said.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said in a tweet in Hindi “The BJP leader should be arrested for the unrest in Kanpur, due to the provocative statement given by BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma due to the failure of police and intelligence, despite being in the city of Excellency President, Prime Minister and Chief Minister. We appeal to all to maintain peace.”



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