BHOPAL/MUMBAI: MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Friday warned of strong action following a protest organised by Congress MLA Arif Masood in Bhopal the previous day against French President Emmanuel Macron’s remarks on Islam.
On Friday, protesters began to gather at Iqbal Maidan on Masood’s call though police had cancelled permission for meetings. A case was registered against Masood as Covid protocols were violated by the protesters. This came even as Mumbai police took off posters of Macron, pasted on the road in south Mumbai. Mumbai Police spokesperson S Chaitanya said no case was regitered against anyone.
Some of them began to raise slogans against the French President. Police were already present in force — personnel had been drawn from half a dozen surrounding police stations.
DIG Irshad Wali and collector Avinash Lavania monitored security arrangements and remained on the spot for four hours from noon to 4pm, until the protesters were persuaded to disperse.
On Thursday, Masood had called a gathering at the maidan to protest the French President’s statement on Islam. The protesters carried posters with crossed-out photos of Macron and placards that said “Our Prophet Muhammad our honour” and “France heading towards self-destruction”.