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Mamata Banerjee on the Prophet Row clashes at Howrah in Bengal

Howrah has been witnessing clashes between police and protesters since yesterday. ANI


As protesters and police clashed in West Bengal for the second day over remarks by a suspended BJP leader on the Prophet Muhammad, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said some political parties wanted to stage riots and wondered why the people should suffer for the “sins” of the BJP.

“I have said it before. For two days now normal life in Howrah has been disrupted and violent incidents are staged. Some political parties are behind this and want to start riots. But this will not be tolerated and strict measures will be taken. . The BJP has sinned, and the people will suffer?” she tweeted.

In Howrah, near Kolkata, a protest against BJP leader Nupur Sharma’s remarks on the Prophet Muhammad turned violent yesterday. This morning, another clash with reported in the same area.

Police fired tear gas canisters to disperse protesters after stones were thrown at them, news agency ANI reported. The administration imposed restraining orders in the area until Wednesday. Internet was suspended throughout the district until Monday, officials said.

Earlier on Thursday, protesters erected roadblocks at several locations in Howrah.

The chief minister then asked them to stop their agitation in the state and come to New Delhi to protest.

The remarks of Nupur Sharma and now expelled BJP leader Naveen Kumar Jindal have tarnished India‘s image across the world and they should be arrested, Ms Banerjee had told reporters.

Huge protests were reported in nine states after Friday prayers.

In Jharkhand’s Ranchi, 2 people died from gunshot wounds and 12 others – including four policemen – were injured in clashes between protesters and police.

Clashes also broke out in several towns in Uttar Pradesh, with more than 200 people arrested in connection.

Restraining orders have now been issued in several parts of the country to prevent any untoward incidents.

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