Violence Erupts in Haryana’s Nuh District:Two Home Guards Killed, Multiple Injured.
In a distressing incident, violence erupted in Haryana’s Nuh district, resulting in the tragic deaths of two home guards and leaving over 15 individuals, including several policemen, injured. The turmoil unfolded when a Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) procession faced vehement opposition from mobs. The situation escalated as these groups resorted to pelting stones, setting vehicles and a shop ablaze, and even obstructing roadways for a prolonged period.
Mobile Internet Services Suspended Amid Communal Tension: Preventive Measure Until August 2
The unrest prompted authorities to temporarily suspend mobile internet services in the Nuh district until August 2. This decision was made to curb the escalating communal tension and prevent the spread of misinformation or incendiary content that could exacerbate the situation. The suspension aims to restore a semblance of calm and stability within the affected region.
Reinforcements Dispatched, Potential Airlift Considered: Government’s Response to the Crisis
Haryana’s Home Minister, Anil Vij, stated that the government had taken swift action by dispatching additional forces from neighboring districts to restore order in Nuh. In an effort to further reinforce the security measures, there were considerations about sending forces via helicopter to swiftly address the situation. The objective is to ensure the safety of residents and to swiftly quell any potential unrest.
Evacuation of Worshippers and Refuge Seekers: Police Ensure Safety Amidst Clashes
Amidst the escalating clashes, the police undertook a critical operation to evacuate more than 2,500 individuals from the Nuh Shiva temple premises. This diverse group included worshippers who had come for religious activities as well as those who had sought refuge due to the ongoing clashes. This evacuation aimed to safeguard lives and prevent further harm in the midst of the turmoil.
Educational Institutions Closed as a Precaution: Preventing Escalation of Unrest
As a proactive measure, authorities ordered the closure of educational institutions in Gurugram, Faridabad, and Palwal districts. This decision was taken to prevent any potential escalation of the ongoing unrest. By temporarily suspending educational activities, the authorities sought to create a secure environment for students and prevent any potential spillover of tensions into the educational sphere.
Clash Trigger: Social Media Content and Anticipated Participant: The Genesis of Conflict
The roots of the clashes can be traced back to a mere ten minutes after the initiation of the Vishva Hindu Parishad procession. Around 2 pm, a group of more than 200 individuals commenced a march from Edward Chowk in Nuh town. However, this peaceful event swiftly turned violent as a larger mob began hurling stones at the procession. The Hindu group initially retreated but later retaliated, escalating the situation.
Reports also highlighted the role of an objectionable video shared on social media by a Bajrang Dal activist from Ballabhgarh as a potential trigger for the clash. Additionally, there were indications that Monu Manesar, a cow vigilante previously involved in a murder case, was expected to participate. However, he heeded the advice of the VHP and abstained from attending to prevent exacerbating tensions, particularly in light of threats on social media.