Howrah: Flames and smoke rise from a burning vehicle, which was allegedly set on fire by disbelievers during a protest against controversial remarks made by two now-suspended BJP leaders about the Prophet Mohammad, in Howrah , Friday, June 10, 2022. | (Photo PTI)
After the Howrah district, the West Bengal government on Saturday suspended internet services in parts of Murshidabad until 6 a.m. on June 14, to quell rumors and prevent illegal activities following protests against the controversial remarks by suspended BJP leaders Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal on Prophet Mohammad. .
According to the government order, internet services were suspended in Beldanga 1 Block covering Beldanga Police Station area and Beldanga 2 Block covering Rejinagar and Shaktipur Police Station areas till 6am June 14.
In addition, internet services have been suspended in the entire Howrah district until June 13 and Section 144 of the CrPC has been imposed in several areas such as Uluberia, Domjur and Panchla until June 15.
Meanwhile, further violence was reported today in Panchla Bazaar area of Howrah district as protesters clashed with police and several houses were set on fire, a senior officer said.
The demonstrators threw stones at the police officers, injuring some of them, and also vandalized a BJP party office.
Several fire tenders were called in as police fired tear gas shells to disperse protesters, the officer said, adding the situation was “under control” at the moment.
“The agitators have been dispersed. Some policemen were injured during the stone throwing. We are conducting a traveling march in the area. The situation is under control,” he said.
BJP West Bengal Unit Chairman Sukanta Majumdar who was traveling to the violence-hit Howrah district was arrested today afternoon.
“Mr Majumdar was attempting to travel to Howrah where CrPC Section 144 restraining orders were made. His visit could have created a public order situation. This is a preventive arrest “, a senior police official told the PTI news agency.
Majumdar said the situation in West Bengal is rapidly changing to that in Kashmir.
“First they arrested me at my house. I was under house arrest. Later they allowed me to leave my residence. Now they arrested me on Vidyasagar Setu and arrested me. 144 of the CrPC have been imposed, no one will be allowed to visit the area,” he told reporters before being taken into custody.
“We used to read about Kashmir leaders under house arrest. Today, a similar thing happened here. The state is rapidly changing in Kashmir,” he added.
After Majumdar’s arrest, BJP leaders and workers took to the streets to protest.
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