Highlights

  • Tensions in Ranchi, two dead in Friday protests
  • Curfew imposed in the parts of city after violence
  • Internet shut, police deploy drones for surveillance

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A large crowd gathered on Ranchi's Main Road and raised slogans against Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal

A curfew is in place in many parts of Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi after two people died in violence during protests against suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma's remarks on Prophet Muhammad.

Reports quoting health officials at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences confirmed that two people brought to the hospital after the protesters clashed with police have succumbed to their injuries. Ten others were being treated at the hospital.

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A large crowd gathered on Ranchi's Main Road and raised slogans against Nupur Sharma and Naveen Jindal, former head of the Delhi BJP's media unit who was expelled by the party over his remarks.

The protestors had shouted slogans and pelted the police with stones leading to heavy deployment in and around Main Road.

Internet services were snapped in Ranchi from 7 pm on Friday to 6 am on Saturday.

Condemning the violence, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren termed it as "a planned conspiracy" and warned the miscreants to abstain from such incidents.

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