India police crack down on protests against prophet remarks | News

New Delhi, India – Two youngsters have been killed in violence within the japanese Indian state of Jharkhand, as police cracked down on protests that erupted throughout the nation over derogatory remarks towards Prophet Muhammad by two leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP).

The households of Mudasir, 14, and Sahil Ansari, 19, confirmed the deaths to Al Jazeera, alleging that the police used disproportionate pressure towards the protesters who took out a march in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, after congregational Friday prayers demanding the arrest of two BJP leaders.

Dozens of protesters have been injured after protests turned violent. A senior police officer in Ranchi was additionally injured, in line with native media reviews. A witness advised Al Jazeera the state of affairs worsened after Hindus organised counter protests.

A number of calls to the police in Ranchi went unanswered. We are going to replace the story after getting the police response.

The BJP suspended its spokeswoman Nupur Sharma for making insulting remarks towards Islam’s prophet and expelled one other chief, Naveen Jindal, for his anti-Islam tweet after a diplomatic backlash from Muslim international locations. The Hindu nationalist get together stated the offensive remarks didn’t replicate the federal government’s place and that the feedback have been made by “fringe components”.

Mudasir was shot within the head by police and he succumbed to his accidents at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, his uncle Shahid Ayyubi advised Al Jazeera.

Sahil’s brother Faizan stated that he was hit by a bullet within the again whereas returning dwelling after prayers. “The bullet ruptured his kidney and he died on the hospital after a while,” Faizan advised Al Jazeera, including that his brother was not even a part of the protests. Sahil ran a battery restore store within the metropolis.

Al Jazeera couldn’t independently confirm the claims made by the household. Nevertheless, an area information company confirmed that they died of gunshot wounds.

A police officer in Ranchi advised AFP information company that “police have been compelled to open fireplace to disperse protesters… ensuing within the loss of life of two.”

‘The job of the police is to guard, to not shoot’

The our bodies of Mudasir and Sahil have been handed to the households late within the evening because the administration imposed curfew-like restrictions together with suspension of cell web companies within the metropolis purportedly as a safety measure.

“Mudasir was a toddler, barely 14 awaiting his matric examination outcome,” stated Ayyubi, his voice breaking. “He took half within the protests and now he’s no extra between us. He was the one little one of his dad and mom. We’re shocked.”

The household demanded that authorities ought to put “murderers of Mudasir in jail and provides them strict punishment”.

Indian Muslims burn an effigy with portraits of BJP leader Nupur Sharma.
Indian Muslims burn an effigy with portraits of Nupur Sharma, the spokesperson of governing Hindu nationalist get together [Bikas Das/AP Photo]

Ayyubi blamed the administration for violence saying that police dealt with the state of affairs “badly”. “There are thousand methods to manage civilian protests like water cannons, rubber bullets, aerial firing however they fireplace immediately on the pinnacle and physique,” he stated.

Irfan Ansari, a Muslim legislator from Congress, which is a part of the ruling coalition within the state, additionally slammed the federal government over the way in which the protests have been dealt with. “The job of the police is to guard, to not shoot,” he stated in a tweet in Hindi questioning the type of labor of the town police chief.

Ansari demanded 5 million rupees ($64,000) compensation and a authorities job every for the households of the deceased.

Al Jazeera tried to name Anshuman Kumar, Superintendent of Police Ranchi Metropolis, to get the police response however calls weren’t answered.

The Friday protests over the remarks towards the prophet have been witnessed in numerous cities and states, together with the northern Uttar Pradesh state, West Bengal, Maharashtra and the capital New Delhi. The protests in India coincided with large demonstrations held in South Asia towards feedback seen as insulting to Islam’s prophet and his spouse Aisha.

The appropriate-wing get together, which denounced insults of spiritual figures, additionally requested its spokespersons to be “extraordinarily cautious” on spiritual issues in primetime “debates” on Indian information channels.

Police in New Delhi on Thursday filed instances towards the 2 BJP members and others – together with a Muslim parliamentarian and journalist – for “inciting hatred” and different prices.

‘Cornered and traumatised’

Protests turned violent in a number of locations in Uttar Pradesh – India’s most populous state – as police used pressure to quell the protests. In Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj, videos that went viral on social media confirmed police beating the protesters with sticks whereas arresting numerous them. Related scenes have been reported from Moradabad and Saharanpur cities the place Muslims took to the streets demanding the arrest of Sharma and Jindal.

Police within the state arrested greater than 200 folks, together with Muslim neighborhood activists.

The info shared by police with Al Jazeera present that 48 folks have been arrested in Saharanpur, 68 in Prayagraj, 50 in Hathras, 25 in Moradabad, eight in Ferozabad and 28 in Ambedkarnagar.

Police in Prayagraj, which was previously referred to as Allahabad, performed evening raids on the dwelling of pupil chief Afreen Fatima, arresting her father Mohammad Javed, mom and sister.

“First a police get together got here at round 8:30pm and took away my father after which they got here at 11:30pm and detained my mom and sister. Third time they got here at 2:30am to detain me however we resisted and since then the policemen have cordoned off our home,” Fatima advised Al Jazeera over the telephone.

“We’re solely girls and kids at dwelling. We really feel cornered and traumatised. The police have requested us to go away the home locked.”

Indian Muslims block road as they protest against the spokesperson of governing Hindu nationalist party.
The Friday protests over the remarks towards the prophet have been witnessed in numerous cities and states, together with the northern Uttar Pradesh state, West Bengal [Bikas Das/AP Photo]

Fatima stated the police are accusing her father of being the “mastermind of the protests within the metropolis”, a framing she rejected. “My father was not a part of protests however he’s lively in civil society and a distinguished Muslim voice within the metropolis and that’s the reason he’s being focused.”

She stated the police didn’t inform them the place they took her dad and mom and sister. “I do not know the place my father, mom and sister are. I’m anxious about their security. My father is a diabetic and he wants insulin injection each evening.”

Muslim neighborhood leaders have denounced the “unbridled” use of pressure by police in Ranchi and Uttar Pradesh.

SQR Ilyas, the president of Welfare Celebration of India, stated that the police motion is “unjustified as protests is a democratic proper of individuals”.

He stated Muslims got here out on the streets as a result of they have been damage by the insults towards the prophet.

“As a substitute of addressing the trigger and arresting the culprits, the police have resorted to killing, arresting and bulldozing homes of poor Muslims,” Ilyas stated, questioning the silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the matter.

Nevertheless, the ruling BJP justified the detentions as get together spokesperson Alok Vats advised Al Jazeera that protesters resorted to stone-pelting.

“Protesting is everybody’s proper however you can’t throw stones,” he stated, urging Muslims to have persistence and let the legislation take its course.