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Students, cops clash in Delhi

About 2,000 students were stopped on way to Danish embassy to protest against caricatures of the Prophet.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2006 20:33 IST

About 2,000 students of the Jamia Milia Islamia University clashed with police on Monday when they were stopped on their way to the Danish embassy to protest against caricatures of Prophet Mohammed.

Prophet Mohammed caricatures had appeared in a Danish newspaper.

Police said the students started to gather on the Janpath Road in central Delhi in the afternoon and wanted to go to the Danish embassy to protest.

"When we tried to stop them, they started pelting us with stones," said Manish Agarwal, additional deputy commissioner of police.

He added that water canons had to be used to disperse the crowd. Some student leaders were also detained and they would be dropped back to the university campus.

"We had come to know about their protest plan and had made arrangements in advance," Agarwal added.

He said the protestors had clashed with police for an hour, though nobody was injured.

A group of five students was later allowed to go to the Danish embassy to present a memorandum.

The cartoons, reportedly depicting the Prophet wearing a bomb shaped turban, was first carried by a Danish newspaper and subsequently reproduced by French and other European newspapers, leading to widespread protests from the Muslim community in various parts of the world.

According to the Islamic belief, any painting, cartoon or impression depicting the Prophet is blasphemous.

First Published: Feb 06, 2006 18:35 IST