Violence in religious procession, 3 Killed in Haryana

Taslima Jamal

Armed Police Force deployed in Haryana, India. Photo: Collected

In Haryana, India, the government has decided to close educational institutions on Tuesday due to violence surrounding religious processions. According to the administration, all schools, colleges and coaching centers in Gurugram and Faridabad will be closed on Tuesday. The authorities have been strictly ordered to comply with this directive.

Internet services have also been suspended in parts of Haryana since Monday night.

The administration has taken this decision to prevent rumours. Police and armed forces are patrolling the vast area since night. Areas like Gurugram, Faridabad are still under control.
Section 144 has been imposed in Gurugram and the main incident site Nuh (Mewat) district since Monday night.

Three people, including two home guards, died due to the disturbance during a religious procession in Nuh. Home guards were allegedly shot dead. Later, unrest spread in areas like Gurugram, Faridabad. Police said at least 60 people were injured in Monday’s clashes.

Some of them are in critical condition. Many of the injured are policemen.

Internet services have been suspended in Nuh till Wednesday. The administrations of Gurugram and Faridabad issued separate statements and issued strict orders to close educational institutions in the district. Heavy paramilitary forces and Haryana Police STF have been deployed at the site of the encounter.

The DGP himself is supervising the entire incident.
Haryana Chief Minister Manoharlal Khattar and Home Minister Anil Vij appealed to the people of the state to maintain peace. They also said that the culprits will be identified and punished severely.

What exactly happened on Monday night?
Bricks and stones were allegedly thrown at the procession during the ‘Brij Mandal Jalavishek Yatra’ in Khedla Mode area of Nuh district. That caused chaos. Looting and arson are rampant. Thousands of people took refuge in some shrines in nearby Gurugram to save their lives. Police used batons and tear gas to disperse the attackers. But the situation could not be brought under control immediately.

According to police sources, unrest erupted in Haryana over the participation of Bajrang Dal leader and cow vigilante Manu Manesar in the procession. He had tweeted the previous day that he would also participate in the march. He is accused of multiple murders.

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