All India Majilis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) on Saturday reiterated its demand for former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s arrest and “timely trial” amid huge protests in multiple cities across the country.
In a tweet quoting the comments of party MP Imtiaz Jaleel, AIMIM said, “We demand the arrest of Nupur Sharma and her timely trial and conviction in accordance with the law of the country.”
Earlier on Friday, Jaleel said that Nupur Sharma should be sentenced to death for her controversial remarks on Prophet Muhammad. The Lok Sabha member from Aurangabad told reporters that “such things” won’t stop if Sharma is allowed to let go easily. He stressed that law should be brought to ensure strict action against those who make objectionable comments against any caste, religion or sect.
“Islam is a religion of peace. Definitely, people are angry…We also demand that Nupur Sharma should be hung. If she’s allowed to let go easily, then such things won’t stop. Law should be brought to take action against those who make such remarks against any religion, sect,” Jaleel said.
“The action is not being taken, that’s why (the protest). Just expelling from the party, is this action?” I have added.
Protests erupted in several cities after Friday prayers over a now-suspended BJP leader’s recent remarks on Prophet Muhammad. In Ranchi, the protest turned violent as vehicles were torched and vandalized amid reports of firing incident. Two people succumbed to their injuries after they were brought to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), reported ANI citing hospital authorities.
In Uttar Pradesh, more than 130 protesters from six districts have been arrested. Protesters in Prayagraj and Saharanpur reportedly pelted stones at police personnel. In Prayagraj, some motorcycles and carts were set on fire and an attempt was made to set ablaze a police vehicle, reported PTI.
Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said, “Minor force was used to stop some people involved in the violence. The situation in Prayagraj is now peaceful. I would like to appeal to people to use democratic ways of protest without resorting to violence. “
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