In the midst of scorching violence in the BJP-reigning Manipur that's going to mark its third month with no plausible mitigation, another state, Haryana, which is also ruled by the BJP, has now hit by the violence between two religious groups. In the albeit of the demographic divide, the commonality of violence in both these states is a religious polarization and a larger national sentiment of where the BJP's Hindutva governance is leading the country.
While Manipur is still burning with growing strength of displacements, the violence that hit Haryana has astonished the nation and sparked a public outcry. The violence broke out in Haryana during a procession that was organized by the Hindutva group Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP). The procession was organized on Monday in Haryana's Nuh district, which is said to have a stronghold Muslim population.
It has been reported that when the VHP procession entered the district, a mob in the area had allegedly tried to stop the procession by pelting stones and setting cars on fire. As the mob barricaded the procession, it soon sparked a clash between both the Hindu and Muslim communities. Moreover, the violence had quickly escalated to other parts of the state, including Gurugram, where a Hindutva mob set a mosque on fire and fired gunshots.
After setting a Mosque on fire, the Hindutva mob went on to shot and kill Maulana Saad, who was the Imam of the Anjuman Masjid in Sector 57 in Gurugram. In this Hindutva mob attack, two others were injured. Within a day since violence broke out, four people, including two Home Guards personnel, were killed and at least 20 others were injured.
As the violence was spreading in a threatening fashion, curfew under Section 144 was imposed in the Nuh district and internet services were also suspended. On Monday, the Haryana government had written to the Union Home Ministry asking 20 companies of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) to maintain the law and order situation in the Nuh district.
In a communication to the Union Home Secretary, Haryana's Additional Chief Secretary Prasad sought the support from RAF for one week from July 31. In his communique, Prasad wrote, "I am directed to address you on the subject (seeking 20 companies of RAF) incidents causing intense communal tension, annoyance, obstruction and injury to persons, danger to human life and property, disturbance to public peace and tranquility in district Nuh have occurred on account of violent protests by agitators, protestors, miscreants, and anti-social elements."
As the violence has escalated to various parts of Haryana including in Gurugram which is adjacent to Delhi, the Union Home Ministry has said that it is dispatching 15 additional companies of central forces to Haryana. In the wake of the violence, the educational institutions will be closed in Gurugram and Palwal districts till August 1 and over 2500 people have taken shelter in a temple after the violence broke out.
Responding to the violence, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar took to Twitter and wrote, "Today's incident is unfortunate. I appeal to the people of the state to maintain peace. Strict action to be taken against the perpetrators." He further said that the people should cooperate in the interest of the state and several opposition leaders had also joined Khattar in appealing to the people to maintain peace and harmony.