VHP, Bajrang Dal demonstrate in Delhi over violent protests over Prophet comment

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The Vishva Hindu Parishad and its youth wing, the Bajrang Dal, staged a protest here on Thursday against recent violence in areas of the country over two now-removed BJP members’ controversial remarks about Prophet Mohammad.

Demonstrations have been held at at least ten sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) offices in the national capital, according to the VHP, in response to “increasing extreme acts by Islamic Jihadi radicals.”

The demonstrators have sought harsh punishment for those who “instigated” the violent riots on June 10 after Friday prayers.

Outside the SDM office in Nand Nagri, VHP-Bajrang Dal protestors chanted slogans such as “Bharat Mata ki Jai,” “Vande Mataram,” and “attacks on Hindus will not be accepted.”

“We’ve assembled here to express our displeasure with some elements’ protests across India over the previous week.” Surendra Gupta, president of the Delhi VHP, said, “We want harsh action against those who attempted to incite people.”

Former BJP office-bearers Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal’s words about Prophet Muhammad aroused widespread outrage, resulting in violent protests across the country.

“I don’t want to comment on it,” Gupta responded when asked if the VHP endorses Sharma’s comments. We’ve come to show our displeasure with the violence of the previous week.” The BJP suspended Sharma and removed Jindal from the party.