The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday reserved its order on petitions seeking the deployment of central paramilitary forces in West Bengal after protests were held in the state against remarks made by two Bharatiya Janata Party spokespersons about Prophet Muhammad, Live Law reported.
Protests erupted in the state on on June 9 after Nupur Sharma made remarks about the Prophet during a debate on the Times Now television channel on May 26. Naveen Jindal, who was media head of the BJP’s Delhi unit, had posted a tweet on June 1 about the Prophet but later deleted it.
Demonstrations continued in the state on June 10. Protestors set several kiosks and vehicles, including those belonging to the police, on fire in Howrah district. On Sunday, a local train was vandalised in Bethuadahari town of Nadia district. Sporadic incidents of violence were reported from the state the next day too.
The petitioners have claimed that the violence was due to “utter intelligence failure” in the state, Live Law reported. They have also claimed that the state police authorities have been “mute spectators” during the violent protests.
A bench of Chief Justice Prakash Shrivastava and Justice Rajarshi Bharadwaj on Monday had told the state government to ensure no untoward incidents take place, Live Law reported. It had also directed the government to seek help…