Kolkata: On Thursday, a throng of enraged demonstrators stopped the National Highway in West Bengal’s Howrah district (June 9, 2022). As a result, traffic came to a halt, and people had to deal with numerous issues. The demonstration takes place just days after BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma was suspended for allegedly uttering insulting remarks about Prophet Mohammad. The demonstrators, who were wearing a cap and lungi on their heads, caused a ruckus on NH116. They sang religious slogans and set fire to tyres during this time. In a video of the demonstration that has gone viral on social media, black smoke can be seen spreading across the sky.
The blockade began around 10:30 a.m. in Nibra (Kona Expressway-NH 16 Junction) and ended around 9:30 p.m. There was a 5-hour traffic jam as a result of this. Many people were forced to get out of their cars and walk. For about 20 kilometres, traffic came to a halt. The religious crowd kept the streets occupied, unconcerned about the problems that commuters faced. At the same time, instead of taking action against the mob that nearly brought traffic to a halt in Howrah, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee encouraged them to protest in other states and disrupt people’s lives.
‘Why should we suffer because of some people’s communal politics for the sake of narrow political gains,’ Mamta said. Protest in the states where the BJP is in power, such as Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. They are not in power in Bengal, so don’t protest for the sake of getting attention here. We are demanding that everyone keep their hands folded and stay away from blockade politics. For a day, someone will provoke. There will be no one around tomorrow! No one will know what to do if there is a riot tomorrow. ‘I do not endorse this form of violent protest,’ Mamta continued. If you’re all so enraged, move to Delhi. Protest peacefully and demand the Prime Minister’s resignation. Why are you generating such a ruckus here? I implore you everyone to keep the peace and end the demonstration. Firhad Hakim, a Trinamool Congress (TMC) minister who sat alongside Banerjee, asserted that Islam is a religion of peace that opposes disturbance, rioting, and problems.