Prophet Remark Row: Two Arrested Under Section 153A


New Delhi: Police here have arrested two persons in connection with the Jama Masjid protest that took place on Friday over the controversial remarks on Prophet Muhammad.

“Two persons have been arrested last night under section 153A of IPC. Friday namaz always has a crowd, so we were alert that something could happen. But the way people came after offering namaz with banners and placards denotes that there is some kind of planning behind it,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Central district, Shweta Chauhan.

“We are investigating the matter and the messages circulated on WhatsApp over it. The initial probe has identified 4-5 locals. But most of the people are not locals,” added the DCP.

Section 153A of IPC is charged for promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc; and doing acts prejudicial to the maintenance of harmony.

Earlier on Friday, a massive protest erupted after Friday prayers at Delhi’s Jama Masjid over alleged inflammatory remarks of suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma and expelled leader Naveen Jindal.

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