KOLKATA: Suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma requested a 4-week extension to appear before the Kolkata Police in connection with her recent inflammatory remarks on Prophet Muhammad on Monday.
Sharma, who was due to be in Kolkata's Narkeldanga Police Station on Monday, sent the request by email.
The city police have yet to decide what they will do next. Nupur Sharma was summoned by Kolkata Police on June 13 under Section 41A of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, to appear at Narkeldanga Police Station, Eastern Suburban Division, on June 20.
The notice was mailed to her, and a physical copy was sent to her via registered fast mail. Sharma had been silent for some days, according to a senior city police official, and the city police had received her message this morning indicating her inability to appear and requesting four weeks for the same.
According to reports, a resident of Kolkata's Narkeldanga neighbourhood filed a complaint with the local police station against Nupur Sharma, stating that the latter's controversial comments against Prophet Muhammad have sparked conflict in different parts of the state and the country. Sharma was summoned by the city police as a result of the complaint.
Several minority-dominated regions in West Bengal, including Kolkata-adjacent Howrah, Murshidabad, and Nadia, saw acute tension soon after Sharma's inflammatory comments went viral.