In Haryana, violent clashes erupted during the ‘Brig Mandal Jalabhishek Yatra’ organized by the Vishva Hindu Parishad, as a group of youths halted the procession near Khedla Mod.
This led to stone-pelting and disruption of the march, with cars and a shop set on fire. The incident resulted in the tragic deaths of two home guards and left over 15 police personnel and others injured. The clashes also caused severe traffic jams that lasted for hours.
In response to the communal tensions, the Haryana authorities temporarily suspended mobile internet services in the Nooh district until August 2nd, to prevent the escalation of the “intense communal tensions.”
Namazis pelted stones on the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s Shobha Yatra in Mewat, Haryana.
The Home Minister of Haryana, Anil Vij, stated that additional security forces have been dispatched from neighboring districts. They are even considering deploying the army via helicopters to control the situation.
During the clashes, the police evacuated over 2,500 people, including devotees, women, and children, from the Shiv temple in Nooh, providing them with shelter amid the ongoing confrontations.
As a precautionary measure, educational institutions in Gurugram, Faridabad, and Palwal districts were ordered to remain closed on Tuesday.
The reason behind the clash between the two groups was initiated just ten minutes after the Vishva Hindu Parishad procession began. More than 200 people began marching on foot from Edward Chowk in Nooh during the afternoon. Subsequently, the situation turned tense as the mob pelted stones at the procession. Initially, the Hindu side participated, but later they responded with retaliation.
Reports suggest that the spark for the clash was an objectionable video posted on social media by a Bajrang Dal worker from Ballabhgarh.
Furthermore, there are claims that Monu Manesar, a cow protector, who was accused in the murder case of two Muslim men in Bhiwani district in February, was present at the procession.
The situation remains tense, and authorities are taking necessary steps to restore peace and prevent further violence.