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Prophet row: Additional police forces deployed in Hyderabad amid massive protests

Following suspended BJP legislator Raja Singh's release protests erupted with people taking to streets on late Tuesday night

PTI Hyderabad Published 24.08.22, 12:24 PM
BJP legislator Raja Singh

BJP legislator Raja Singh File image

Additional police forces have been deployed in parts of the city following overnight protests against suspended BJP legislator Raja Singh's alleged remarks against Prophet Mohammed, that stretched into Wednesday morning.

The BJP's Telangana MLA was arrested on Tuesday for his alleged controversial remarks against a particular religion.

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On Monday, the BJP MLA released a video criticising stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui, who recently performed in the city. Singh is also purportedly seen making some comments against the religion in it.

Several people belonging to the community staged protests in various parts of the city on Monday night demanding Singh's arrest.

The video was later pulled down by the social media platform on which it was uploaded. Later, he was granted bail by a local court.

Following his release protests erupted with people taking to streets on late Tuesday night in various parts of the city including Charminar area, prompting the police to beef up security.

"Additional forces have been deployed wherever it is necessary. Some protests were held last night. But the situation is peaceful now," G Biksham Reddy, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Charminar told PTI on Wednesday.

MLAs belonging to AIMIM reached several parts of the old city where large number of Muslim youth were protesting holding black flags and tried to reason with them, the party sources said.

Following an uproar over his remarks, the BJP suspended Singh from the party.

T Raja Singh, the MLA from Goshamahal, had last week tried to disrupt a comedy show. He was on Friday taken into preventive custody by the police when he tried to reach the venue of Faruqui's show along with around 50 supporters to get it cancelled.

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