India: 2 die as protests flare over remarks on Prophet Muhammad
13 June 2022 | 1:52 pm
Two protesters died of gunshot wounds in the eastern city of Ranchi, where rallies against remarks by BJP officials on Prophet Muhammad turned violent Friday evening. Several people were also arrested nationwide.
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