In Indian Kashmir, police arrested a youth for posting a video threatening to behead the former ruling party spokeswoman who made some of the remarks, officials said. The video, posted on YouTube, was removed by authorities.
Muslims have taken to the streets across India in recent weeks to protest anti-Islamic remarks by two members of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Clashes erupted between Muslims and Hindus and, in some cases, between protesters and police in several areas. Uttar Pradesh police have arrested more than 300 people in connection with the unrest.
The BJP suspended its spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled another leader, Naveen Kumar Jindal, over the remarks, which also sparked a diplomatic row with several Muslim countries.
Police filed charges against the two and the government said the comments did not reflect its views.
Muslim groups have demanded their arrest, while some extremist Hindu groups call them brave and nationalist politicians.
Over the weekend, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh state, Yogi Adityanath, ordered the authorities to demolish all illegal establishments and homes of those accused of taking part in the riots last week, he said. said the BJP spokesperson.
The home of a suspected mastermind of the riots, whose daughter is a Muslim rights activist, was demolished on Sunday amid a heavy police presence. The properties of two other people accused of throwing stones after Friday prayers were also demolished in the state.
Adityanath Media Adviser Mrityunjay Kumar tweeted a picture of a bulldozer demolishing a building and said: “The unruly elements remember that every Friday is followed by a Saturday.
Opposition leaders said Adityanath’s government was pursuing an unconstitutional method to silence the protesters.
On Sunday, Jindal said his family faced continued threats and some of his supporters said a crude bomb had been defused near his residence in the capital New Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has so far not commented on the communal unrest.
In the eastern state of West Bengal, authorities enforced an emergency law banning public gatherings in the industrial district of Howrah until June 16.
The BJP chairman in West Bengal staged a sit-in protest on Sunday and accused neighboring Bangladesh, a predominantly Muslim country, of inciting violence in the state.
On Friday, two teenagers were killed in clashes between Hindus and Muslims in eastern India, police said on Saturday. Police opened fire to disperse the violence in the town of Ranchi, Jharkhand state, but it was unclear whether the two victims were killed by police or rioters.
A senior police official, Surendra Kumar Jha, said at least 14 officers were injured in the incident in Ranchi and other areas. A curfew was imposed and internet services suspended to stop the escalating unrest.
Last week, countries such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Iran – which are India’s key trading partners – filed diplomatic protests demanding an apology from the government of Modi for these comments.