India state under curfew and internet access suspension after religious violence News
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India state under curfew and internet access suspension after religious violence

People living in parts of the northern Indian state of Haryana remained under a government-imposed curfew with suspended mobile internet services on Tuesday because of ongoing violence between members of the local Hindu and Muslim communities. Fights broke out between two groups in Nuh, close to Gurugram, killing five and injuring at least 70 others, including several police, on Monday.

Tensions flared on Monday afternoon when around 80 vehicles carrying 200 members of the yearly “Brij Mandal Jalabhishek Yatra” of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad were prevented from proceeding towards a Shiv Temple in Nalhar. The police said that stones pelted participants and cars were set on fire during the ensuing violence. After hours of violent clashes, Deputy Commissioner of Gurugram Nishant Yadav declared that the situation was under control.

In the districts of Nuh and Gurugram, prohibition orders restricting public gatherings are also in force. To prevent further communal tensions, the Gurugram District Administration has urged everyone to avoid posting content on social media, which they claim has the potential to inflame religious sentiments, threaten harmony and further instigate violence. Additionally, all fuel stations have been strictly advised to stop selling loose petrol and diesel to people in the wake of vehicles being set ablaze.

More recently, the ripples from violence in Nuh reached portions of Gurugram and Badshahpur, which is around 40 kilometers away from Monday’s violent clashes. On Tuesday, the violence led to the death of a Muslim cleric when a group of men attacked a mosque.