Hundreds of Muslims Sunday held protests at different places in Tamil Nadu state against an anti-Islam US film that has triggered anti-US protests worldwide even as security for the US Consulate was beefed up.
Protests were held in Madurai, Rameswaram and Kumbakonam where the participants condemned the film that has triggered violence in many countries and led to the killing of the US ambassador in Libya.
Meanwhile, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) in a release said it is planning to hold a demonstration in front of the US Consulate Monday, while Indian Union Muslim League too had called for a demonstration on September 18, pti reported.
In Rameswaram, more than 2,000 Muslims took out a rally on Sunday protesting the controversial film.
The protesters, including women, from Pamban, Mandapam and Thangachimadam raised slogans against the film, police said.
At the end of the rally, a public meeting was held where local jamath leaders condemned Israel and US for the film.
A Kumbakonam report said around 200 members of various Muslim organisations staged a demonstration in Madurai city.
Meanwhile, security at the US consulate had been strengthened with a 150-member strong special team led by a senior official put in place after the Friday attack and in view of some more parties planning for demonstrations in coming days, a senior police official said.
Protests against a derogatory film about Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) continued in the Valley, with lawyers and students joining in to vent anger at the US and Israel.
Over a dozen people, including several policemen, were injured as violence broke out in the Kupwara and the Baramulla districts during which law-enforces rounded up at least six demonstrators.
In Srinagar, students took out a protest march in the central city denouncing the insulting film said to have originated in the United States.
Students took to the streets in anger in the old city as well.
Chanting slogans against Israel and the US, several students said the bullying powers did not want to live in peace with the Islamic world. “This is the reason they resort to such obscene acts and plots,” they said.
Restive at nine local youth having been picked up by the police the previous night, the northern township of Baramulla flared up with fresh protests Sunday morning.
Students of the local degree college emerged in a procession marching through various town markets in a bid to reach the main square.
Meanwhile, the students turned violent and pelted stones on the forces when the latter refused to give way.
A number of students were taken into custody in the clashes while half-a-dozen were injured.
Protests also broke out in the Kashmir University’s north campus in the town.
Anti-US protests were reported from the frontier district of Kupwara also where marchers emerged from the Jamia Qadeem, By-Pass, and Iqbal Market areas, clashing with police and the paramilitary forces.
Law enforces resorted to tear gas shelling to disperse violent demonstrators.
In the afternoon, lawyers took out a procession from the sessions court complex and held a sit-in before the deputy commissioner’s office after marching through various localities.
Shops and businesses remained closed in the Pattu Shahi area of Lolab in the Kupwara district where locals are protesting against a film screened by the army.
India on Sunday said it was in touch with US authorities on the issue of an anti-Islam film that has triggered violence in many countries and led to the killing of an American ambassador in Libya.
Responding to a query, official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Syed Akbaruddin said, "In connection with recent events we would like to reiterate that India has always strongly condemned all acts that disparage religious beliefs and hurt religious sentiments."
"The Ministry of External Affairs is in touch with US officials who share our concerns on the matter. Google India has, in compliance with Indian law, blocked access to the offensive material," he said.