Fresh clashes in Howrah, Section 144 imposed

Howrah (West Bengal) [India]: Amid a row over comments on Muhammad’s life, section 144 has been imposed in Howrah after fresh clashes took place between police and a group of protestors at Panchla Bazaar on Saturday (June 11).

Police used tear gas shells to disperse them as protesters pelted stones.

Violent protests broke out in Howrah on Friday over comments on Muhammad’s life by suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma.

Section 144 of CrPC, prohibits the gathering of four or more people in the concerned area, has been imposed in and around the stretches of National Highways and Railway Stations under the jurisdiction of Uluberia-Sub Division, Howrah has been extended till June 15.

Internet services have been suspended till 6 am on June 13 in Howrah district in wake of protests on Friday.

Following the protests, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) asked the police heads of states and Union Territories to be prepared and alert as they will be on target. The MHA also has asked all the states to take preventive actions, keep a check on borders and identified sensitive areas.

Earlier on Friday, a massive crowd also gathered to protest at Park Circus in Kolkata adding to the resentment against the sacked leaders. A BJP office was vandalised and torched in Uluberia, Howrah district. People also held a protest at Dasnagar railway station on the Howrah-Kharagpur railway route.

While appealing for peace, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar sought an urgent personal update from the Chief Secretary of the state over the worsening law and order situation in the State since Thursday.

“Expect Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to sternly warn law violators- they will not be spared,” Dhankar tweeted. (ANI)

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