West Bengal district of Malda continues to remain tense two days after hundreds of thousands of Muslims took to street demanding death penalty against the Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari.
The enraged protesters set many vehicles on fire before attacking the Kaliachak police station. Two persons were injured in the gunfire.
One RSS activist, who suffered a bullet injury, said that the protesters were chanting slogans against Narendra Modi government.
19-year-old Gopal Tiwari was quoted by Indian Express as saying, “They were chanting slogans against the Modi government. Some from the crowd went around ransacking shops and burning houses of the other community.”
Tiwari said that he was shot in his leg and it took him two days to get the bullet out as the government hospital had no facility for performing surgery.
On Sunday, over 1.5 lakh Mulsims had taken to National Highway 34 to stage a protest rally against the ‘blapshemous’ comments made by the Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari. Soon it took an ugly turn and the violent men began to torch public vehicles.
The protesters even burnt a BSF vehicle, before setting the Kaliachak police station on fire.
On 3 December, Kamlesh Tiwari, in a press note issued by him, had claimed that Prophet Mohammed was the first homosexual. His statement reportedly came after Samajwadi Party minister Azam Khan said that RSS leaders were homosexuals and ‘this is why they don’t get married.’
Tiwari is currently in Lucknow jail under charges of hateful speech.