Indian police clamp down on protests in blasphemy row

Police in India have arrested dozens as a blasphemy row rumbles on.

More than 100 people have been detained following protests over remarks about the Prophet Muhammed made last month by two ruling party officials. One has since been suspended and the other expelled.

In the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, authorities razed homes of some of the accused, saying they were illegally built.

The comments by the former Bharatiya Janata Party leaders triggered violent demonstrations and vandalism nationwide, leaving two people dead.

The incident has prompted a strong backlash abroad. Many Muslim countries have lodged protests and demanded the Indian government apologize.

Muslims make up about 14 percent of India's 1.4 billion people. Religious tensions between Hindus and Muslims have worsened considerably in recent years.