UP police also made 61 other arrests during the day, including a Prayagraj-based imam identified as Ali Ahmad for alleged incitement. Protesters had clashed with cops near Ahmad’s mosque in Atala. Since Friday, 316 people have been arrested in the state and 13 FIRs filed against some 6,000 people. The razed building at Prayagraj, JK Ashiyana, valued at Rs 5 crore, had been built without official permission and a notice was sent to the owner on May 10, officials said.
In Bengal, an FIR against suspended BJP National Spokesperson Nupur Sharma has been filed at Contai Police Station in East Midnapore, bringing to 25 the number of registered cases linked to violence in Howrah and other parts of the country. other parts of the state in the last 48 hours. Police have so far arrested 112 people for rioting, arson and incitement. Howrah SP (rural) Swati Bhangalia said more than 30 of those arrested had been charged under non-dischargeable sections such as attempted murder, attacking police, damaging public property and disrupting the national highway.
No new incidents were reported from Howrah and Murshidabad, although stone throwing was reported on the Ranaghat-Lalgola passenger train at Bethuadahari from Nadia. Railway said they were awaiting permission to resume rail services on the Ranaghat-Lalgola section.
A semblance of normality has also returned to Howrah after sporadic instances of violence on Saturday night. Howrah District Magistrate Mukta Arya has extended restraining orders in five police station areas until June 15. Internet services are expected to resume on Monday.
The Trinamool Congress has accused the BJP of repeatedly trying to disrupt the peace after opposition leader Suvendu Adhikari claimed he was prevented from meeting party workers in Howrah. “The BJP is playing gallery and trying to induce people. People voted them down in the election and they are struggling to keep dissent in their own party under control. They are looking for trouble to float their sinking ship,” Trinamool spokesman Kunal Ghosh said.
Adhikari got into a public run-in with East Midnapore Police after he was stopped from traveling to Howrah, where Section 144 is in effect. The BJP MP sent a letter to Chief Secretary HK Dwivedi, alleging attempts to “restrict my movements”. Adhikari said he would move the court on Monday if he was arrested again.
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