New Delhi, India – Two youngsters had been killed in violence as police cracked down on protests that erupted throughout the nation over derogatory remarks in opposition to the Prophet Muhammad by two members of the governing Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP).

The households of Mudasir, 14, and Sahil Ansari, 19, confirmed the deaths to Al Jazeera, alleging the police used disproportionate power in opposition to the protesters who marched in Ranchi, capital of jap Jharkhand state, after Friday prayers demanding the arrest of two BJP officals.

Dozens of protesters had been injured after protests turned violent. A senior police officer in Ranchi was additionally harm, in response to native media reviews. A witness informed Al Jazeera the state of affairs worsened after Hindus organised counter protests.

A number of calls to the police in Ranchi went unanswered.

The BJP suspended its spokeswoman Nupur Sharma for making insulting remarks in opposition to Islam’s prophet and expelled one other chief, Naveen Jindal, for his anti-Islam tweet after a diplomatic backlash from Muslim international locations.

The Hindu nationalist occasion mentioned the offensive remarks didn’t mirror the federal government’s place and the feedback had been made by “fringe parts”.

Mudasir was shot within the head by police and he succumbed to his wounds at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, his uncle Shahid Ayyubi informed Al Jazeera.

Sahil’s brother Faizan mentioned he was hit by a bullet within the again whereas returning house after prayers.

“The bullet ruptured his kidney and he died on the hospital after a while,” Faizan informed Al Jazeera, including his brother was not even a part of the protests. Sahil ran a battery restore store within the metropolis.

Al Jazeera couldn’t independently confirm the claims made by the household. Nevertheless, an area information company confirmed they died of gunshot wounds.

A police officer in Ranchi informed AFP information company: “Police had been compelled to open hearth to disperse protesters … ensuing within the loss of life of two.”

‘Job of police is to guard, to not shoot’

The our bodies of Mudasir and Sahil had been handed over to the households as the federal government imposed curfew-like restrictions, together with suspension of cell web companies within the metropolis purportedly as a safety measure.

“Mudasir was a toddler, barely 14 awaiting his matric examination outcome,” mentioned Ayyubi, his voice breaking. “He took half within the protests and now he’s no extra between us. He was the one baby of his mother and father. We’re shocked.”

The household demanded the federal government put the “murderers of Mudasir in jail and provides them strict punishment”.

Indian Muslims burn an effigy with portraits of BJP leader Nupur Sharma.
Indian Muslims burn an effigy with portraits of Nupur Sharma, the spokesperson of governing Hindu nationalist occasion [Bikas Das/AP Photo]

Ayyubi blamed the federal government for the violence saying police dealt with the state of affairs “badly”.

“There are thousand methods to manage civilian protests like water cannons, rubber bullets, aerial firing however they hearth straight on the top and physique,” he mentioned.

Irfan Ansari, a Muslim legislator from Congress, which is a part of the ruling coalition within the state, additionally slammed the federal government over the best way the protests had been dealt with. “The job of the police is to guard, to not shoot,” he mentioned in a tweet in Hindi questioning the model of labor of the town police chief.

Ansari demanded 5 million rupees ($64,000) compensation and a authorities job every for the households of the deceased.

Al Jazeera tried to name Anshuman Kumar, superintendent of police in Ranchi metropolis, for a response however calls weren’t answered.

The Friday protests over the remarks in opposition to the Prophet had been witnessed in a lot of cities and states, together with the northern Uttar Pradesh state, West Bengal, Maharashtra and the capital New Delhi. The protests in India coincided with enormous demonstrations held in South Asia in opposition to feedback seen as insulting to Islam’s Prophet and his spouse Aisha.

The proper-wing occasion, which denounced insults of non secular figures, additionally requested its spokespeople to be “extraordinarily cautious” on non secular issues in “debates” on Indian information channels.

Police in New Delhi on Thursday filed instances in opposition to the 2 BJP members and others – together with a Muslim parliamentarian and journalist – for “inciting hatred” and different costs.

‘Cornered and traumatised’

Protests turned violent in a number of locations in Uttar Pradesh – India’s most populous state – as police used power to quell the protests.

In Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj, movies that went viral on social media confirmed police beating the protesters with sticks whereas arresting a lot of them. Related scenes had been reported from Moradabad and Saharanpur cities the place Muslims took to the streets demanding the arrest of Sharma and Jindal.

Police within the state arrested greater than 200 folks, together with Muslim neighborhood activists.

The info shared by police with Al Jazeera confirmed 48 folks have been arrested in Saharanpur, 68 in Prayagraj, 50 in Hathras, 25 in Moradabad, eight in Ferozabad and 28 in Ambedkarnagar.

Police in Prayagraj, which was previously often known as Allahabad, performed evening raids on the house of pupil chief Afreen Fatima, arresting her father Mohammad Javed, mom and sister.

“First a police occasion got here at round 8:30pm and took away my father after which they got here at 11:30pm and detained my mom and sister. Third time they got here at 2:30am to detain me however we resisted and since then the policemen have cordoned off our home,” Fatima informed Al Jazeera over the cellphone.

“We’re solely ladies and kids at house. We really feel cornered and traumatised. The police have requested us to depart the home locked.”

Indian Muslims block road as they protest against the spokesperson of governing Hindu nationalist party.
The Friday protests over the remarks in opposition to the Prophet had been witnessed in a lot of cities and states, together with the northern Uttar Pradesh state, West Bengal [Bikas Das/AP]

Fatima mentioned the police are accusing her father of being the “mastermind of the protests within the metropolis”, an allegation she rejected. “My father was not a part of protests however he’s lively in civil society and a distinguished Muslim voice within the metropolis and that’s the reason he’s being focused.”

She mentioned the police didn’t inform them the place they took her mother and father and sister. “I do not know the place my father, mom and sister are. I’m frightened about their security. My father is a diabetic and he wants insulin injection each evening.”

Muslim neighborhood leaders have denounced the “unbridled” use of power by police in Ranchi and Uttar Pradesh.

SQR Ilyas, president of the Welfare Celebration of India, mentioned the police motion is “unjustified” as protests are “a democratic proper of individuals”.

He mentioned Muslims got here out on the streets as a result of they had been harm by the insults in opposition to the Prophet.

“As an alternative of addressing the trigger and arresting the culprits, the police have resorted to killing, arresting and bulldozing homes of poor Muslims,” Ilyas mentioned, questioning the silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the matter.

Nevertheless, the ruling BJP justified the detentions as occasion spokesperson Alok Vats informed Al Jazeera that protesters resorted to stone-throwing.

“Protesting is everybody’s proper however you can’t throw stones,” he mentioned, urging Muslims to have persistence and let the regulation take its course.


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