West Bengal BJP submitted a memorandum to Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Saturday, requesting the deployment of paramilitary forces in the state in response to the violent protests in Howrah and Murshidabad against suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled leader Naveen Jindal’s controversial remarks on Prophet Muhammad.
“Mobile squads of Central paramilitary forces have been deployed in impacted areas, including route marches in non-sensitive zones. If the dire situation continues, the army’s deployment should be seriously considered “, according to the BJP letter.
“On CCTV, those who coordinated the mobs and gave provocative hate remarks were identified. They should be filed under the appropriate IPC sections “, BJP stated.
The attacks on BJP offices in various parts of the state, they claim, were planned and intended at scaring the opposition.
West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar expressed alarm on Saturday over the state’s deteriorating law and order situation, days after protests erupted in areas of the state.
Dhankar noted in a tweet, “Since June 2009, there has been a terrible administration failure that has taken no preventative or precautionary measures. Lawbreakers were given unrestricted access. Only prompt and exemplary action will suffice as a deterrent. The situation has been concerning for almost a month.”
Protests erupted across the country in response to comments made by suspended BJP spokeswoman Nupur Sharma about the Prophet. Muhammad. After Friday prayers, protests were held in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Jharkhand, and West Bengal.
Protesters held placards calling for Nupur Sharma’s arrest. As protestors clashed with police in various states, stone-pelting incidents were reported.
Protests in Murshidabad turned violent for the second day, with protestors hurling bricks at officers who attempted to disperse the throng along NH-34. To disperse the crowd, the West Bengal police used lathi-charge and tear gas shells. During the stone-pelting, just a few cops were harmed.
A dispute occurred recently over suspended BJP spokeswoman Nupur Sharma’s anti-minority remarks. A number of Gulf countries have also expressed their displeasure.
However, India underlined on Thursday that the contentious words against Prophet Muhammad do not reflect the views of the government, and that action has been taken against individuals who made the remarks by concerned parties.