Sudheendra Kulkarni backs Mohd. Kaif over his tweet on WB violence

| Updated: Jul 08, 2017 04:46 IST

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], July 7 (ANI): Supporting former cricketer Mohammad Kaif's tweet on Basirhat violence, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sudheendra Kulkarni on Friday said that there should no violence in the name of a prophet, adding peace between Hindus and Muslims should be maintained. "Prophet Mohammad was a prophet of harmony and an epitome of peace. What Mohammad Kaif has said is absolutely right. No violence should be there on the name of a prophet. There should be peace between Hindus and Muslims in West Bengal," Kulkarni told ANI. With communal tensions prevailing in parts of West Bengal over a Facebook post, Kaif today took to Twitter urging people to stop maligning religion and creating a sense of fear in the society. Kaif termed the communal violence that has gripped West Bengal's North 24-Parganas district in a last few days as a 'shame' and added that 'violence is against the teachings of Prophet Muhammad'. Kaif added that rioting taking place in the district has resulted in property damage worth crores. "Prophet Sahab is too great to be defended against a FB post. Damaging property worth crores & violence is absolutely against his teachings. Shame," Kaif tweeted. Violent clashes erupted in Basirhat area of the district after a Class X student updated a controversial picture on Facebook. The boy was later detained by police, but the violence hasn't abated. Fresh tension was reported in Basirhat area yesterday forcing the police to lob tear gas shells and resort to baton charge even as the state government decided to ban some organisations for allegedly instigating people. The Mamata Banerjee government today claimed that situation has returned to normal in Baduria and surrounding areas. A BJP delegation led by MP Roopa Ganguly was detained by police near the Michael Nagar area when they were on their way to riot-hit Baduria area in North 24 Parganas district. Ganguly and 19 party leaders were detained by the police close to the airport. After being detained, the BJP team was brought to the Airport Police Station. Meanwhile, the State Government has temporarily suspended internet services in four police station areas of Basirhat, Baduria, Swarupnagar and Deganga to check the spread of rumours through social networking sites. (ANI)