News Desk: At least two people have been killed, and 10 others injured in violence in Rachi, Jharkhand, during a rally against a ruling BJP leader in India who slammed the Prophet Muhammad.
The Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Rachi has confirmed that two of the injured were taken to hospital after protesters clashed with police. Another 10 injured are being treated there, they said.
A curfew was imposed in several parts of Jharkhand on Friday after protesters clashed with police. Protesters have demanded the arrest of ousted BJP leader Nupur Sharma.
NDTV said that after Rachi’s protesters started throwing stones, the police threw gas and sticks at the police.
At a large rally on the main road in Rachhi, slogans were chanted against Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal, the former head of the Delhi BJP media unit; Jindal has also been expelled from the party for his comments on Nabi.
A large number of police have been deployed to avoid any unwanted incidents in the areas where the curfew has been issued. Many shops in the city have been closed in protest of the Prophet’s harsh remarks.
Several cities in at least nine Indian states witnessed massive protest rallies on Friday in protest of the BJP leaders’ remarks.
Rachi police chief Anshuman Kumar confirmed the deaths of two people injured in the shooting.
“Eight rioters and four policemen were injured,” he said. They are being treated at RIMS and other hospitals. Those involved in the violence will be identified, interrogated, and arrested.
“The situation is under control. Restrictions remain in place in the affected areas. ”