250,000 Muslims riot in India over allegation politician insulted Mohammed
The Indian Express reports:
A massive Muslim protest rally against Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha [a Hindu nationalist party – TL] leader Kamlesh Tiwari for his alleged derogatory remarks against Prophet Mohammed turned violent in Malda district on Sunday, leading to arson and gunfire in which two persons reportedly sustained bullet injuries. The protesters set on fire about two dozen vehicles and attacked the Kaliachak Police Station.
The violence broke out when the protesters, who were taking out the rally on National Highway 34, came across a bus that was trying to negotiate past them. A group of protesters got into an argument with the driver of the bus and soon the situation spiralled out of control. As the passengers got off the bus, the protesters burnt it down.
A little later, a BSF [Border Security Force – TL] vehicle, which was coming from Malda, was also set ablaze. The mob then turned towards the nearby Kaliachak Police Station. Eyewitnesses said the protesters drove out the policemen and set on fire part of the police station, including the barracks.
Sources said two persons, including an RSS activist from a nearby area who led a separate group of people to stop the protesters, were injured in the violence. Although RSS leaders said 35-year-old Gopal Tiwari was injured in firing, police could not confirm it. (snip)
Additional Superintendent of Police Dilip Hazra said, “There was a rally of about 2.5 lakh [lakh is an Indian mathematical term meaning 100,000] people, which took an ugly turn. About 25 vehicles, including some police vans, were set on fire. Policemen were beaten up but there was no severe injury. I have heard of one person sustaining a bullet injury but there is no official confirmation of it,” said Hazra.
A later report in India Today details the alleged insult:
The minority group was protesting against Tiwari saying his speech had derogatory remarks against Prophet Mohammed. Kamlesh Tiwari had called Prophet Muhammad the first homosexual in the world.
Malda officially is considered one of the most backward regions of India and receives special government funding on that basis. No doubt there are people at the U.N. who will blame Israel for this somehow.
Hat tip: Pamela Geller and iOTW Report