Prayagraj: A senior police official said that 227 people were arrested from various districts of Uttar Pradesh in relation to Friday's violence.
Out of these, 68 have been arrested from Prayagraj, 50 from Hathras, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), Prashant Kumar, informed in a statement on Saturday.
The statement, as reported by PTI, said that among the rest, 48 people were arrested in Saharanpur, 28 from Ambedkarnagar, 25 in Moradabad and eight in Firozabad.
As per reports, people threw stones at the police personnel, in Prayagraj and Saharanpur, as they took to the streets for protests and got violent, after the Friday prayers.
At least 4 cities in the country were seen with such violent protests during the rallies that were taken out as a protest against the suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma's remarks on Prophet Mohammad.
In Prayagraj, the protestors burned down a few motorcycles and carts and also tried to do the same to a police vehicle. The police said they had used tear gases and lathi-charged the violent protestors to disperse them so that peace could be maintained. They even said, one policeman was injured by the mob.
The BJP spokesperson gave certain comments against the Prophet Mohammad during a TV debate. The Islamic nations criticized her remarks and she was later on suspended by the BJP party.
In Saharanpur, the protestors raised slogans against Nupur Sharma and demanded a death sentence for her. The protests took place in Bijnor, Moradabad, Rampur and Lucknow and the slogans were raised in Lucknow.
As per the local people of Prayagraj, the stone-pelting was carried out for 15 minutes. They told that a few protestors pelted stones at the police team that was present on the main road.