Derogatory remarks against Prophet (ﷺ): Calcutta HC seeks report on losses in Bengal

On June 10, Muslims protest in West Bengal’s Howrah district over derogatory remarks by BJP members against Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ).

Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court has sought detailed report on the total loss incurred in West Bengal due to the clashes over the derogatory comments by now suspended BJP member Nupur Sharma against Prophet Muhammad-PBUH.

A division bench of Chief Justice, Prakash Srivastava and Justice Rajarshi Bhardwaj, directed all the District Magistrates to review the extent of loss due to clashes and submit a report to the court within the next six weeks. Accordingly, the victims can demand compensation for the loss, the bench observed.

The next hearing in this matter will be on July 28, news agency IANS reported.

The division bench also sought the CCTV footage of the clashes on this count at areas under Beldanga Municipality area in the minority-dominated Murshidabad district. It directed that CCTV footages have to be submitted to the Registrar General of the court with details on how and when these CCTV footages were collected.

State Advocate General S.N. Mukhopadhyay sought some time from the court to submit the CCTV footage on this count.

Kolkata Police has issued summons to Nupur Sharma to appear for questioning in the city. However, she has avoided both the summons and sought some time to appear citing security threats. Kolkata Police has also summoned dismissed BJP member, Naveen Jindal who shared Sharma’s comments on Twitter.

Soon after Sharma’s controversial comments went viral, there was severe tension in several minority-dominated pockets in West Bengal in certain districts like Kolkata and adjacent Howrah, as well as Murshidabad, and Nadia.

Clashes erupted in which Domjur police station in Howrah district was attacked, police vehicles were torched and several police personnel were injured. Internet services were suspended in several areas.


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