New Delhi: The outcry against the cartoons of Prophet Mohammad took an ugly turn on Friday with Uttar Pradesh Haj Minister Haji Yaqub Querashi announcing an award of Rs 51 crore for anyone who beheads the Danish cartoonist who sketched the controversial Prophet cartoon.
Qureshi said whoever dares to agree to the terms will be given gold equivalent to his weight.
He said was making the demand on behalf of the people of the city and also demanded the recall of India’s ambassador from Denmark.
The announcement was made in Qureshi’s constituency, Meerut, where Muslims took out a rally and burnt Danish flags.
Protests have also been held in other parts of Uttar Pradesh, including Bulandshahr, Mau, Etah, Jaunpur, Bahraich and Muzzafarnagar.
Police had to fire in the air and burst tear gas shells in Muzaffarnagar after members of two communities clashed.
Superintendent of Police Devendra Choudhry said at least six persons were injured in the confrontation and that PAC and additional police contingents had been deployed in sensitive areas of the town.
Five persons were injured in Hyderabad where protestors went on a rampage looting shops and attacking a police patrol vehicle.
The trouble started after ‘Namaz’ at Mecca Masjid in the afternoon and soon spread to other areas.
Police used batons near Charminar and Gulzar House while 6 gold and textile shops were looted and some RTC busses were pelted with stones injuring the passengers inside.