Officials claimed on Saturday that police had opened an investigation into Friday’s protest outside the Jama Masjid, in which they demanded the arrest of suspended BJP spokesman Nupur Sharma for her controversial remarks about Prophet Mohammad.
Following Friday prayers, a big throng gathered on the steps of the famed mosque, holding placards and yelling shouts against Sharma and Naveen Jindal, the former head of the Delhi BJP’s media unit, for allegedly uttering insulting 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 a duly promulgated order by a public servant) and that further investigation is underway.
“Around 1,500 people gathered at the mosque for Friday prayers,” according to the DCP on Friday. Following the peaceful conclusion of the prayers, some people went outside and began holding placards and shouting slogans. Later on, a few more people joined them, bringing the total to around 300.”
“During Friday prayers, police are always stationed at Jama Masjid.” Within 10 to 15 minutes, the protesters dispersed, and the situation has returned to normal. In the aftermath of the incident, legal action will be taken. Some of the criminals have been identified, and our teams are working to find the rest,” Chauhan said.