Prophet row: Protests intensify; two killed in Ranchi

In Prayagraj, some motorcycles and carts were set on fire and an attempt was made to set ablaze a police vehicle.

The situation in Ranchi is tense and a large number of security forces have been deployed to maintain law and order | PTI pic

Violence and arson marked protests in different parts of the country over controversial remarks made by two suspended BJP functionaries against Prophet Mohammad.

Two people were killed and many including security personnel were critically injured as violent protests rocked Ranchi over the comments made by two suspended BJP spokespersons on Prophet Mohammad, officials said on Saturday.

Prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC have been clamped in 10 police station areas, including Sukhdev Nagar, Lower Bazar, Daily Market and Hindpidi, to control any further flareups, they said. Internet has also been suspended in the district, they added.

Over two dozen people were injured in the clashes that rocked the state capital on Friday, officials said. Thirteen of the critically injured people were admitted to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), doctors there said.