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FIR registered in connection with protest outside Jama Masjid

A large crowd had gathered on the steps of the famous mosque after Friday prayers, carrying placards and shouting slogans against Sharma and Naveen Jindal, the former head of the Delhi BJP’s media unit, for allegedly making derogatory remarks about the Prophet.

Officials said on Saturday that police had filed a case in connection with Friday’s protest outside the Jama Masjid, demanding the arrest of suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma for her controversial remarks about Prophet Mohammad.

A large crowd had gathered on the steps of the famous mosque after Friday prayers, carrying placards and shouting slogans against Sharma and Naveen Jindal, the former head of the Delhi BJP’s media unit, for allegedly making derogatory remarks about the Prophet.

On Friday, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Shweta Chauhan said a case was filed against the protesters under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and that further investigation is underway.

The DCP had stated on Friday, “For Friday prayers, around 1,500 people had gathered at the mosque. After the prayers were peacefully concluded, some people went outside and began holding placards and shouting slogans. Later on, more people joined them, bringing the total number of people to around 300.”

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Jama Masjid

“During Friday prayers, police are always present at Jama Masjid. Within 10 to 15 minutes, the protesters dispersed, and the situation is now peaceful. In connection with the incident, legal action will be taken. Some of the criminals have been identified, and our teams are working to identify the rest “According to Chauhan.

Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, had distanced himself from the protest, saying “nobody knows who the protesters were” and demanding action against them.

On Sunday, protests from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, and Iran erupted over the remarks against Prophet Mohammad, prompting the BJP to suspend Sharma and expel Jindal, claiming that the party respects all religions.

The Delhi Police have filed a FIR against 31 people, including AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and controversial priest Yati Narsinghanand, as well as a separate case against Sharma for allegedly inciting hatred and injuring religious sentiments.

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