Protest against France for anti-Islam remark

BHOPAL: The Bhopal district administration and police remained alert amid reports of a gathering in Iqbal Maidan on Friday. A gathering on second day was averted by presence of police force and senior police officials. The gatherings are being organised to protest against France for its derogatory remarks against Islam. After a huge gathering on Thursday, the police had booked MLA Arif Masood and several others for violation of social distancing norms. There were reports of a similar gathering in premises on Friday as well.

Bhopal collector and deputy inspector general (DIG) also reached spot to assess the situation.

Javeid Beg, a leader, said they were granted permission for a gathering of less than 100 people on Thursday. “On Friday afternoon, we were told that permission has been cancelled,” he added. When contacted, Bhopal district collector Avinash Lavania said cops were deployed only to ensure there is no huge gathering around.

Meanwhile, a traders body held a protest in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, condemning Macron's stand on publication of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad. The protest march was taken out by the Traders Association Batamaloo, they said.

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