Mumbai, June 11
: Members of Muslim community staged protests in several cities of Maharashtra demanding action against suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal for their alleged remarks against Prophet Mohammad. No untoward incident was reported from anywhere during the protests, police said.
The protests were staged by various organizations following Friday prayers after 3 pm, a police official said. In Panvel, neighbouring Navi Mumbai, 3,000 protesters including around 1,000 women took out a protest march, seeking the arrest of Sharma and Jindal.
A delegation submitted a memorandum to Panvel tehsildar and the protest was over peacefully by 4 pm, said a local police official. A protest was also held at Shivaji Chowk in Vashi, where a delegation submitted their demands to Vashi Police Station, he said.
Protest gatherings were also held in Thane, Aurangabad, Solapur, Nandurbar, Parbhani, Beed, Latur, Bhandara, Chandrapur and Pune districts. Everywhere, the protestors shouted slogans, demanding registration of FIRs and arrest of Sharma and Jindal, police said.
Heavy police security was deployed at all protest venues but there was no untoward incident anywhere, officials said. State home minister Dilip Walse-Patil said the protests passed off peacefully as police handled the situation well.
The Union government has already distanced itself from the controversial statements from the members of the ruling party even as they provoked strong reactions from many Muslim countries.