Newshub18: Two killed in Muslim-Hindu clashes in India
Two teenagers were killed in clashes between Hindus and Muslims in eastern India on Friday after two ruling party officials made derogatory remarks about the Prophet Mohammad, police said on Saturday.
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Police opened fire to suppress violence in Ranchi city of Jharkhand state, but it is unclear whether the two killed, police or rioters were killed.
Senior police official Surendra Kumar Jha said at least 14 police officers were injured in the incident in Ranchi and other areas. A curfew was imposed and internet services were suspended to quell growing unrest.
Police in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh have arrested 230 suspected rioters after unrest broke out in several cities after Friday prayers.
Muslims are protesting against recent remarks by Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the personal lives of two officials of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), with protests often turning violent between Hindus and Muslims.
The BJP has fired its spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled another leader Naveen Kumar Jindal for making anti-Islamic remarks. Apart from annoying Indian Muslims, the remarks have sparked diplomatic protests in several Muslim countries.
The Hindu nationalist party BJP has said that indecent remarks do not reflect the government’s position