[Rallies are held in different parts of India ever since Kamlesh Tewari, self proclaimed Hindu Mahasabha leader, made derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). File Photo]
Patna: Situation remained tense but under control on Friday in the Purnea district of Bihar, a day after some anti-social elements mixed up in the crowd protesting the blasphemous and insulting remarks made against Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) allegedly by Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari, attacked a police station.
Accordingt to local police officials, the protest march, taken out by a local minority wing of the All India Islamic Council, ended peacefully after which some people stormed into Baisi police station and damaged vehicles.
"The protest march was organised with the permission of local SDO and some anti-social elements mixed up in the crowd after the procession ended. They were responsible for the incident," Bihar DGP PK Thakur today said.
Thakur also denied reports in a section of the media that police vehicles were set on fire. Dismissing reports of arson, he said that a government vehicle was vandalised.
He also said that the police is trying to ascertain the identity of the miscreants through a video footage.
More than 40,000 people were part of the protest rally. Anti social elements also pelted stones at the police during the procession. The situation was later controlled by Pankaj Kumar Pal, District Magistrate, Purnea.
Eyewitnesses said that the procession had remained peaceful and a memorandum addressed to the President was submitted to the local officials but a "certain section of the mob" took to violence on their way back.
The attack on Baisi police station occured days after a similar attack on Kaliachak police station in West Bengal's Malda district during the protest rally against Kamlesh Tewari.
More than a dozen policemen were injured and about 12 vehicles were torched after a massive Muslim protest rally turned violent in West Bengal’s Malda district on Sunday.
Eminent Muslim citizens had after the Malda incident while condemning the violence appealed Muslims to maintain peace and calm.
Rallies are held in different parts of India ever since Kamlesh Tewari, self proclaimed Hindu Mahasabha leader, made derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Tewari has been arrested soon after his remarks.
The remarks were made in response to humiliating comments made against RSS and BJP leaders by Azam Khan - senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and a minister in Akhilesh Yadav cabinet.
Meanwhile, senior officials of the district administration and the police were camping in Baisi to prevent any flare-up.
Purnea district magistrate Pankaj Kumar Pal said that the law and order situation at Baisi and adjoining areas was under control and a section of armed police had been deployed there as a precautionary measure.