In Jharkhand's Ranchi after Friday prayers violence erupted over the row over controversial remarks on Prophet Mohammad, claiming two lives in the city while several others were injured. the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi on Saturday confirmed the two deaths, noting that 12 others are currently being treated at the hospital.
The protesters in Ranchi were demanding the suspension of BJP leader Nupur Sharma over her controversial remarks on prophet Mohammed.
The protests forced authorities to impose curfew in several parts of the city and suspend internet services. The officials urged people to maintain calm, but have stressed that the situation is under control.
"As per initial reports, 11 Police personnel and 12 protesters were injured and are being treated at various hospitals," the Jharkhand Police was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. "As of now, the situation is under control. Forces deployed. Senior Police officers, including IG, Superintendents of Police, and DSPs camping in the area."
Chief Minister Hemant Soren, meanwhile, has appealed to everyone to maintain calm and refrain from participating in any activity that leads to crimes in the state, asserting that the people of Jharkhand are "very sensitive and tolerant".
"I suddenly received information about this worrisome (protest) incident... public of Jharkhand has always been very sensitive and tolerant... no need to panic. I appeal to everyone to maintain harmony and refrain from participating in any activities that will lead to more such crimes," ANI quoted Soren as saying.