Protesting against some ‘blasphemous’ statements made by a Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari, a large number of people went on a rampage in Purnea district of Bihar, torching vehicles and attacking a police station.
While returning from an All India Islamic Council-led procession against Tiwari’s statement, some protesters turned violent and ransacked Baisi police station.
The situation was controlled by Pankaj Kumar Pal, District Magistrate, Purnea.
There has been violence in Uttar Pradesh (Kanpur, Lucknow and Bareilly) and West Bengal (Malda) due to Tiwari’s statement.
Following Uttar Pradesh Urban Development Minister and senior Samajwadi Party leader Mohd Azam Khan’s statement that all Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leaders and members were homosexuals, Kamlesh Tiwari had made similar comments about Prophet Muhammad.
This has incensed Muslims and they have been holding protests in various states.