An uneasy calm now prevails in West Bengal’s northern Malda district, following a massive protest rally by Muslim groups on Sunday January 3 against the hate speech of Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari.
Over two dozen police vehicles, including one belonging to India’s border-guarding agency Border Security Force (BSF), were torched.
Malda’s Kaliachak police station was ransacked as an irate crowd went on a violent rampage in the Muslim-dominated Sujapur area of the district.
Kamlesh Tiwari, the self-proclaimed Hindu leader, was arrested following protests across the country over his alleged remarks.
On December 3, 2015, Tiwari reportedly called the Prophet Muhammad the world’s first homosexual. He had also reportedly circulated pamphlets against the Muslim community. He was arrested in Lucknow and is currently lodged at the Lucknow District Jail.