Authorities in India’s Uttar Pradesh demolished the homes of numerous people accused of being involved in protesting against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokespersons who made derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
One of the houses that was demolished belonged to activist Javed Mohammed. The police accused Mohammed of being ‘one of the main conspirators of violence’ on Friday but others say that his house was bulldozed because he is the father of 22-year-old Muslim activist Afreen Fatima. According to The Quint, “The action against the student activist and her family is being widely criticised as another instance of the ‘bulldozer politics’ being perpetrated in BJP-ruled states.”
Two protesters were also killed by the Indian police on Friday for protesting.
The police opened fire on protesters on Friday.
“Police were forced to open fire to disperse protesters… resulting in the death of two,” a police officer in Ranchi told AFP.
A local resident, Shabnam Ara, told AFP that the authorities cut internet connections in the city and imposed a curfew.
“We are praying for peace and harmony,” she said.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has condemned the Indian state’s “apparatus to browbeat Indian Muslims into submission.”
“The reality of India’s “democratic face” is before the world to see,” he added.
The derogatory remarks were made by BJP spokespersons Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal. India’s ruling party suspended Sharma and expelled Jindal. The two also issued public apologies.