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Thousands protest in Bangladesh against Nupur Sharma’s Prophet comments

Hundreds walked the streets near the main Baitul Mukarram Mosque in downtown Dhaka after Friday prayers, raising slogans against the Indian government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Thousands marched in Bangladesh’s capital city Dhaka today in protest against BJP leader Nupur Sharma’s comments on Prophet Mohammad in a TV show.

Hundreds walked the streets near the main Baitul Mukarram Mosque in downtown Dhaka after Friday prayers, raising slogans against the Indian government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Protesters all gave a call to gherao the Indian embassy on June 16.

The protesters also called for a boycott of Indian products and India.

Jamiat Ulema Bangladesh, Khelafat Majlis, Islam Oikyajot and other groups took part in the demonstrations.

SECURITY INCREASED AS PROTEST ERUPTS ACROSS BANGALADESH

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) took extensive security measures in the National Mosque Baitul Mukarram and Paltan area in view of the protests. A large number of police personnel were deployed in the area to prevent any untoward incident.

Deputy Commissioner of Motijheel police Abdul Ahad said, “Islamic Movement Bangladesh did not take any kind of permission for today’s program.” However, the police are on high alert to prevent any untoward incident in the name of such protest procession.

“Security has been beefed up by the police. We have taken all necessary steps to ensure security. If anyone tries to do something disturbing or unpleasant, the police will take action according to the law,” he added.

Processions were held in several districts across the country. In Savar, a group of protesters blocked the Dhaka-Aricha Highway in Savar Bus Stand area after Jummah prayers, said Dhaka North Traffic Inspector (Administration) Abdus Salam. Another group staged demonstration in Bipail area by blocking the Nabinagar-Chandra Highway.

In Narayanganj, protesters under the banner of “Narayanganj Ulema Parishad” brought out procession protesting Nupur Sharma’s remarks against Prophet Muhammad (PUBH) on the premises of DIT Railway Mosque in the city.

WHAT IS THE ROW?

Nupur Sharma’s remarks on national television have caused a massive international storm, with several countries condemning her comments. The Bharatiya Janta Party suspended her last week following global outrage.

Indian envoys were summoned by several Gulf nations over the escalating row.

In India, several cities saw rousing protests today after Friday prayers, with protesters demanding Nupur Sharma’s arrest. The now-suspended BJP leader has apologized after the BJP’s action against her.