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Indian Muslim leaders appeal against protests to avoid violence

Jamaat-e-Islami Hind leader says Muslims should stand together, maintaining peace is crucial

Muslim leaders of India have appealed their fellow Muslims to stop protests against derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to avoid violence.

The appeal has come forward from prominent Islamic groups, after increasing violence resulting from clashes between police and Muslim community members protesting against blasphemous remarks made by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders.

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Two Muslim teenagers were killed in the clashes and more than 30 were injured. In Uttar Pradesh, houses of many Muslim protestors were demolished by the state government.

Senior member of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Malik Aslam, has said in a statement that Muslims, as an obligation, should stand together against anyone who disrespected Islam, but maintaining peace was also very important.

Earlier, two members from the Indian ruling party BJP had made the derogatory remarks that offended Muslims not only in India but across the globe. Many Muslim countries including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Oman and Iran have so far lodged diplomatic protests.

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Surprisingly, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not commented upon the issue. However, BJP has suspended two of its senior party officials including the spokeswoman Nupur Sharma.

Police has arrested more than 400 protestors on suspicion of rioting in several states. Curfews were imposed in many states while many areas were deprived of internet services.

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