Bengaluru Muslims protest against hate speech
Bengaluru: Members of the minority community held protests across the city, condemning a hate speech by a Hindu Mahasabha leader, Kamalesh Tiwari, who made derogatory remarks against Prophet Muhammad recently.
Thousands of Muslims took out rallies from North Bengaluru (Arabic College near Nagawara) and Bannerghata Road, converged at Town Hall, and staged a massive protest, condemning derogatory comments against any religion. “Hate speeches against any religion or their seers are also an act of terrorism,” they shouted.
They gathered again at Haj Camp Ground or the Quddus Sahib Eidgah Ground on Masjid-E-Khadria on Miller’s Road. The main speaker, Mufti Mohammad Ashraf Ali, Rector of Arabic College Amir-e-Shariat, demanded strict action against Mr Tiwari, and vowed to be part of all peaceful protests against hate speech.
A tense situation prevailed in several parts of Shivajinagar, Tannery Road, Frazer Town and Cantonment where stray incidents of protesters forcing shopkeepers to down their shutters were reported. The police, however, swung into action and took control of the situation.
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