Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: As many as 36 persons were arrested, and 3 FIRs have been registered in the Kanpur violence case, informed the officials on Saturday (June 4).
The security in the area was also beefed up between Yateem Khana and Parade crossroads in Kanpur.
“…36 people have been arrested while three FIRs have been registered so far. More people are being identified on the basis of the video,” said Police Commissioner Vijay Singh Meena.
“Action under Gangster Act will be taken against conspirators and their property will be either seized or demolished,” he further stated.
Severe violence erupted in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur area days after BJP Spokesperson Nupur Sharma got death threats for allegedly committing ‘blasphemy’ against Prophet Muhammad. The Muslim community in the neighbourhood had called for a shutdown to oppose Sharma, and the protest turned violent after Friday prayers.
Muslim community members pelted stones at State Police and other persons in the Becongunj district near Yatimkhana, according to reports. A storm of controversy erupted after Muslim activist Hayat Zafar Hashmi called for a “market bandh” in response to Sharma’s alleged remarks last week.
At least six people have been injured in the violence that broke out on the day when both the Prime Minister and the President of India are in the state. Top investors of the country are also currently attending Uttar Pradesh Investors Summit 2022 ceremony in Kanpur to explore investment opportunities. (With Inputs from ANI)