#NupurSharmaControversy: Protestors set police vehicles on fire amid clash in Howrah

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Howrah (West Bengal): People in a huge number thronged at the road here on Friday for demonstrating against the objectionable comments of expelled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesperson Nupur Sharma over Prophet Mohammad. Following which, Police vehicles and booths were set on fire by the protestors. 

The police informed that several protests broke out in multiple parts of the Howrah district. A clash also occurred between the protestors and the police as the latter had to resort to firing tear bombs to disperse the crowd.

In the video, the protestors can also be seen pelting stones at the police in exchange.

Hours before the incident came into light, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar asked the Chief Secretary to provide personal updates regarding the law and situation in the state on urgent basis.

This comes after several protests erupted in the state lately against the expelled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nupur Sharma who made objectionable comments over Prophet  Mohammad.

Meanwhile, a Kolkata Police constable shot dead two people, including a woman, outside the Bangladesh High Commission in the Park Circus area of Kolkata on Friday. A biker who was passing by during the incident was also injured. He has been taken to hospital.

In a letter, Dhankar wrote, “In view of alarming law and order situation in the State since yesterday, including reported deaths today, constrained to seek urgent personal update from the Chief Secretary by 10.00 P.M. today. He has been called upon to initiate all possible steps to bring about restoration of law and order as also peace.”

‘While appealing for peace’ in the state, the Governor said, “Expect CM Mamata Banerjee to sternly warn  law violators- they will not be spared.”

He pointed out at the protest held in Howrah on June 9  that disrupted traffic, he wrote, “After June 09, 2022 blockade of NH-I16 for 11 hours it was expected that the administration would be in an overdrive to take preventive and precautionary measures which unfortunately are not reflected on the ground.”

first published:June 10, 2022, 7:25 p.m.

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