NEW DELHI, INDIA: Officials stated on Saturday that police have lodged a complaint in connection with Friday’s demonstration outside Jama Masjid, demanding the arrest of suspended BJP spokesman Nupur Sharma for her inflammatory statements against Prophet Mohammad.
Following Friday prayers, a big crowd gathered on the steps of the famed mosque, holding banners and yelling chants against Ms. Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal, former head of the Delhi BJP’s media unit, for allegedly uttering insulting statements about the Prophet.
On Friday, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Shweta Chauhan said a complaint was launched against the demonstrators under section 188 (disobedience to order properly proclaimed by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code, and further investigation is continuing.
“Around 1,500 people had congregated at the mosque for Friday prayers,” the DCP stated on Friday. When the prayers concluded calmly, several individuals went outside, displayed banners, and screamed slogans. Others gradually joined them, bringing the total to roughly 300.”
“During Friday prayers, police are always present at Jama Masjid.” The demonstrators dispersed after 10 to 15 minutes, and the scene is now calm. In connection with the occurrence, legal action will be taken. “We have identified some of the criminals, and our teams are working to identify others,” added DCP Chauhan.
Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, has distanced himself from the demonstration, claiming that “nobody knows who the demonstrators were” and demanding action against such individuals.
The issue over Ms. Sharma’s statements about Prophet Mohammad erupted on Sunday, with objections from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, and Iran, causing the BJP to suspend Ms. Sharma and deport Mr. Jindal, despite the party’s assertion that it respects all religions.
The Delhi Police has filed a FIR against 31 persons, including AIMIM chairman Asaduddin Owaisi and controversial priest Yati Narsinghanand, and a separate complaint against Sharma for allegedly inciting hatred and inflicting religious sensibilities.