Friday, June 14

Communal Clashes Erupt in Haryana: Arrests Made as Violence Spreads Across Districts

A wave of communal clashes in different districts of Haryana has resulted in significant arrests and FIRs being filed. Reports indicate that 80 individuals have been apprehended and 44 First Information Reports have been lodged in relation to the confrontations between a group of youths and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).

The Nuh district witnessed an escalation of the communal violence, spilling into neighboring regions such as Gurugram. Tragically, a series of clashes on Tuesday led to the death of a cleric and the destruction of a mosque in Sector 57. The violence, which originated on Monday, has claimed the lives of five people, including two home guards and a Naib imam. Over 20 police officers sustained injuries, and numerous shops and vehicles were set ablaze across various districts of Haryana.

In response, numerous corporate and information-technology companies advised their employees to work remotely on Tuesday. Private banks curtailed their operations and instructed their staff to prioritize their safety. Gurugram saw the closure of all educational institutions, including schools, colleges, and coaching centers, in light of the ongoing clashes.

Communal tensions extended to other areas as well. In Palwal district, a mob set more than 25 huts ablaze in Parshuram Colony, although no injuries were reported. Additionally, Bhiwadi town in Rajasthan witnessed vandalism of “two or three” shops along the highway.

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) responded to the situation by announcing a protest on August 2 against the ongoing unrest in the Mewat region. Meanwhile, the Delhi Police bolstered patrolling within the national capital due to concerns stemming from the communal clashes in Gurugram and nearby Haryana areas.

Haryana’s Chief Minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, highlighted that the clashes seemed to be driven by a “well thought out conspiracy,” targeting both procession participants and law enforcement personnel. Consequently, security measures were heightened in adjoining districts like Faridabad, Palwal, and Gurugram in response to the violence in Nuh district.

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