Amidst threats, Delhi Police gives security cover to former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma

New Delhi:

The Delhi Police on Tuesday said that security was being provided to suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma and her family. According to news agencies, an FIR was lodged by the police on a complaint that Nupur was receiving death threats for her remarks on Prophet Mohammad.

A day earlier, it was reported that Sharma had sought protection citing harassment and threats against him, after which the Delhi Police had registered a case against the unidentified persons. Now where they were also given security.

“Sharma and his family have been provided police protection as they alleged that they were receiving threats and harassment over their remarks,” an official was quoted as saying by PTI.

Sharma’s alleged remarks on the Prophet during a debate on national television sparked a major diplomatic row with several Muslim countries, including Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He sent a letter to India to raise this issue. The government and the BJP have distanced themselves from the remarks, where Nupur Sharma was later suspended on Sunday.

Apart from Sharma, the BJP also expelled Naveen Kumar Jindal, media chief of its Delhi unit, on the same issue. The Saffron Party also issued a statement saying that it respects all religions and strongly condemns the insult of any religious personality. Jindal had made some tweets on this issue which have now been removed.

Later, Sharma also unconditionally withdrew her statement. She said that her remarks were in response to “constant insult and disrespect towards Mahadev (Lord Shiva)”.

On June 3, in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, violent clashes erupted after Friday prayers over Sharma’s remarks, in which several people were injured.


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