According to reports, similar protests broke out in other parts of north India too after the Friday prayers.
New Delhi: Moments after the Friday namaaz, hundreds of Muslims gathered outside Delhi’s Jama Masjid to protest against the comments made by former BJP leader Nupur Sharma on Prophet Muhammad. The crowd, which also included children, demanded the arrest of Nupur Sharma.
When asked, the Shahi Imam of the Jama Masjid said, “We don’t know who are the ones protesting, I think they belong to AIMIM or are Owaisi’s people. We made it clear that if they want to protest, they can, but we will not support them.”
A senior Delhi Police officer said although some of the protestors left the site after some time, others continued to protest. The Delhi Police have registered an FIR against 31 persons, including All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi and controversial priest Yati Narsinghanand, and filed a separate case against former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma for allegedly spreading hate and hurting religious sentiments.
According to reports, similar protests broke out in other parts of north India too after the Friday prayers. Saharanpur and Moradabad saw similar protests, said sources.
The Delhi Police on Thursday had said it has filed an FIR against people for spreading hate messages, inciting various groups and creating a situation which is detrimental of the country’s public tranquility. This comes amid the ongoing Prophet Muhammad row.
Among those named in the FIR are Nupur Sharma, Naveen Jindal, Saba Naqvi, Maulana Mufti Nadeem, Abdur Rehman, Shadab Chauhan and Gulzar Ansari. The FIR has been filed by the Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operation (IFSO) unit of the Special Cell of the Delhi Police.
A senior officer of the unit said the police will also probe the role of certain social media platforms in spreading hate which had ramification on ground.