Despite the “no hate speech” condition for permission to a big gathering by a Hindu group in Haryana, some speakers issued open threats with the police on guard in the Palwal district today. Organisers claim speakers were warned not to indulge in hate speeches, but some speakers ignored it. A speaker was heard saying, “if you raise a finger, we will cut off your hands,” while another demanded licences for rifles.
Nuh district should be abolished, and the area should be made cow slaughter free, a committee of 51 people decided at the mahapanchayat. Terming cow smuggling the root cause of all quarrels in the area, the committee demanded a paramilitary force headquarter be set up in Nuh to ensure security.
The committee demanded a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe into the July 31 violence, and Rs 1 crore each as compensation for families of “their people” who were killed in the communal clashes. They further demanded Rs 50 lakh each for those injured, and recovery of damages during the riots from the accused.
The mahapanchayat called for strict laws for people coming from other countries. They should be thrown out, the committee said.
The government should provide arms to the people of Nuh and Palwal for self-defence, if anyone applies, it said, adding that all the cases should be transfer from Nuh to Gurugram or any other district.
The committee decided to take out the Jalahishek Yatra again on August 28 in Nuh, and called for the release of all “innocent people” who were implicated in cases.
The gathering was held after six people were killed in communal violence in Haryana’s Nuh over two weeks ago. A mahapanchayat was planned there by a Hindu group today to discuss “completing” the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s religious march that was attacked last month in Nuh, triggering a communal riot. However, it was shifted to Palwal, around 35 km away, after being denied permission from the police.
The mahapanchayat was then held at Pondri village at the Palwal-Nuh border. Lokendra Singh, Palwal Superintendent of Police, said permission was given on several conditions.
“No one will deliver hate speeches. A case will be immediately registered if someone does. No one will bring weapons, sticks, batons, or any flammable object,” Mr Singh explained the conditions, adding that only 500 people are allowed, and it should end by 2pm. Ample security arrangements have been made, he added.
The gathering, organised by Sarv Hindu Samaj, a community group, discussed resuming the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) procession, called the ‘Brajmandal Dharmik Yatra’, on August 28.
The police said that they denied permission to Hindu outfits Bajrang Dal and the VHP for holding the Mahapanchayat in view of the law and order situation. Members of the two outfit reportedly attended today’s gathering.
A gathering was earlier held in Gurugram, despite being denied police permission, by the Hindu Samaj Mahapanchayat right after the violence, where they called for boycott of Muslim traders. Several other communal speeches were made there as well.
The police anticipated that today’s gathering would perhaps add to the already existing tensions, which is why they did not give permission for it, as they are trying to restore peace in the area, sources said.
The organisers of today’s gathering shared posters on various social media platforms announcing the mahapanchayat. “The yatra is being organised to boost the confidence of Hindus,” the poster said.
VHP division minister Devender Singh told news agency PTI on Friday, “All the Hindu groups decided to complete the yatra on August 28 which was attacked on July 31 in Nuh. Hope that the yatra will be completed with admiration and enthusiasm.”
In an official statement, the Gurugram Police Friday requested the public to refrain from raising provocative slogans, making speeches, carrying banners or indulging in acts that may hurt the sentiments of any community and disturb the peace.
“We have not made this appeal for any specific procession. The situation is normal in the district, and we appealed only to maintain peace, law and order in the district,” said Varun Dahiya, ACP crime.
Several farmer unions and Khap panchayats have appealed for peace and demanded the arrest of cow vigilante Monu Manesar, whose alleged declaration of joining the July 31 procession triggered tension in the area.
A Bajrang Dal leader, Manesar is wanted for his alleged role in the killing of two Muslim men earlier this year.
On Wednesday, a large gathering of khaps, farmer unions, and religious leaders from Haryana held a ‘Mahapanchayat’ in Hisar to condemn the violence and passed several resolutions calling for peace and harmony in the region.
The mahapanchayat, organised by the Bhartiya Kisan Mazdoor Union, was attended by Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs. The meeting resolved that people from all religions will work to restore peace.