New Delhi: After a communal clash in Haryana’s Nuh yesterday, which claimed five lives and left about 70 people injured, at least 14 shops were vandalized at the main market of Badshahpur, a sub-division of Gurugram district, neighbouring the National Capital New Delhi.
The region remains tense, Section 144 has been clamped and schools in the Sohna locality of Gurugram are shut down. The Gurugram district magistrate has banned the sale of loose petrol and diesel, and the police have enhanced vigil in neighbouring Delhi at the time of going to the press.
A violent mob of around 200, armed with sticks and stones, were caught on CCTV entering the area today around 3 pm amid religious chants. It reportedly targeted biryani shops and set fire to an eatery. There were no injuries reported.
On Monday, July 31, 2023, violence broke out when the ‘Brij Mandal Jalabhishek Yatra’ organized by Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal was prevented from proceeding towards the Shiv temple in Nalhar in Nuh, just 50 km from Delhi. A mob attacked the procession with stones, forcing the 2,500-plus participants to rush into a temple to take shelter.
At least five people were killed, and over 70 received injuries amid the massive violence outside the temple that erupted during the religious procession. The violence escalated as the evening progressed with a mosque being torched post-midnight, and more than a hundred vehicles vandalised as mobs went on a rampage in Nuh and neighbouring Gurugram.
The dead included two home guards Neeraj and Gursev, and two civilians, one of them a naib imam (a cleric) of the mosque. The people who had taken shelter in the temple were rescued close to midnight. According to the administration, 44 FIRs have been registered so far which led to the arrest of more than 70 people.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar tweeted, “Today’s incident is unfortunate. I appeal to all the people to maintain peace in the state. The guilty will not be spared at any cost, and strictest action will be taken against them”.
– global bihari bureau