A total of 357 people were arrested from various districts of Uttar Pradesh in connection with the 10 June violence that erupted during protests over controversial remarks against Prophet Muhammad till 7 am today, said police on Thursday.
This includes 97 from Prayagraj, 85 from Saharanpur, 55 from Hathras, 40 from Moradabad, 20 from Ferozabad, 41 from Ambedkarnagar, six from Aligarh, eight from Lakhimpur Kheri, and five from Jalaun. In an official statement, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said, “A total of 357 accused arrested till 7 am today, in the wake of protests in the state on 10 June; 97 from Prayagraj, 85 from Saharanpur, 55 from Hathras, 40 from Moradabad, 20 from Ferozabad, and 41 from Ambedkarnagar.”
Kumar further said that 13 FIRs have been registered so far in connection with the violence that erupted on 10 June.
Several incidents of violence including sloganeering and stone-pelting were reported from several parts of Uttar Pradesh on Friday when people began protesting against the inflammatory statements of suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled party leader Naveen Kumar Jindal.
A clash erupted in Prayagaraj between police and protesters. Stones were also hurled during clashes in the Atala area of Uttar Pradesh›s Prayagaraj. A huge protest was witnessed in Uttar Pradesh›s Saharanpur over the controversial statements. Several other states also witnessed massive protests against controversial remarks.