MP Congress MLA among 2,000 booked during protest against French President

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    MP Congress MLA among 2,000 scheduled during protest against French President

    Composed by Iram Siddique
    | Gwalior |

    October 31, 2020 3: 10: 56 am





    Activists demonstrate versus French President Emmanuel Macron over his questionable remarks on Islam, at Iqbal Maidan in Bhopal, Thursday, Oct. 29,2020 (PTI Photo)

    Madhya Pradesh Cops has reserved around 2,000 people, including a Congress MLA who was among the key organisers of the occasion, for breaching lockdown standards after almost 5,000 people put together in Bhopal’s Iqbal Maidan on Thursday to object French President Emmanuel Macron’s remarks in the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s cartoon row.

    Arif Masood, Congress MLA from Bhopal Central constituency who was amongst those scheduled, on Friday stated that after the authorities denied his request for a gathering, messages were sent out on WhatsApp, notifying about the demonstration and hundreds of individuals appeared.

    ” Even though a substantial crowd put together, it was a definitely peaceful event. Individuals revealed their displeasure, and dispersed accordingly,” he stated.

    At the place– Iqbal Maidan in the heart of Bhopal’s old city– the protesters burnt the French flag, raised slogans against Macron, and swore to boycott French items, ranging from Garnier to Renault and Dior. The protesters also sent a letter to the sub-divisional magistrate, appealing the Union government, through the External Affair Ministry, to urge the French President to apologise, which the need be interacted through the French ambassador.

    Bhopal DIG Irshad Wali informed The Indian Express, “An FIR has been booked versus 2,000 people who took part in the occasion, for which no authorization was given.”

    Masood, meanwhile, said he will challenge the FIR versus him in court. “The police do not punish election rallies and gatherings that are in clear offense of Covid-19 rules and bring in a much bigger crowd,” he preserved.

    On Friday, another demonstration called by Javed Baig, general secretary of Bharat Samajh Sangh, was cancelled two hours before the event due to absence of consent for the gathering. Baig stated he had gotten permission 2 days earlier and was provided a consent earlier. But on Friday early morning, he said, the authorities informed them that considering it was Friday, which processions would be carried out on Eid-Miladun Nabi, the approval was being rejected.

    ” Individuals had actually already started can be found in (by then)– around 1,000 people had actually already assembled when the police denied permission. We didn’t desire to offer an incorrect signal by continuing with an event, so we called it off,” Baig said.

    He is now preparing to hold the event on Sunday, supplied approvals are given.

    While keeping that he appreciates the decision by government authorities, Baig stated their actions show “double requirements”, as the cops did not discover events throughout the current celebrations prohibited. “Authorities ko sabke saath ek jaise insaaf karna chahiye (the cops should treat all sides similarly),” he added.

    Aqib Javed, 22, who is pursuing a Law degree from Jagran Lake City University and was among the individuals in Thursday’s protest gathering on Iqbal Maidan, said: “India is a secular nation, and the federal government should condemn the remarks of the French President. Islam is a peaceful faith; it is being misinterpreted.”

    Protests have emerged in many parts of the world, consisting of in numerous Indian cities, over Macron’s remarks previously that “France would not provide up cartoons”, viewed as backing Charlie Hebdo’s questionable depiction of Prophet Mohammad.

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