Leading Assamese daily, the Asomiya Pratidin, came under fire from the Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind for publishing controversial cartoons by Charlie Hebdo of Prophet Muhammad on its front page.
On January 14, the newspaper had carried news that the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo was out, after 12 people were killed in its office in retaliation to its allegedly blasphemous cartoons depicting the Prophet.
The next day, the Assam unit of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind passed a resolution against the newspaper and appealed to Muslims in the state to boycott the newspaper. Since Sunday, several copies of the paper have been burnt protesting its use of the cartoons.
“The Assam state Jamiat Ulema-i-Hind takes strong exception to the publication of cartoons showing Prophet Muhammad by some newspapers of Assam. The Jamiat will not tolerate such acts and would resort to strong protest programmes against such newspapers,” a communication from the organisation, signed by its secretary Maulana Qasimi, said. It also sought an apology from the newspaper.
Various bodies condemned the protests and the burning of the newspaper.