27 Aug 2023

Haryana: Nuh Tense Amidst Call For Shobha Yatra On 28 Aug; Police Gears Up To Maintain Law & Order

Nuh: The Haryana government on Saturday ordered the suspension of mobile Internet and bulk SMS services in the communally-charged Nuh district till August 28 in view of a call for a 'shobha yatra'. 

Following the announcement by right-wing groups of a Brij Mandal Jalabhishek Yatra scheduled for August 28, Haryana police is making elaborate arrangements to maintain peace and law and order. The Haryana DGP chaired a meeting with police officers of neighbouring states to discuss arrangements. Senior officers of neighbouring states joined the meeting via videoconferencing.

The government announced the decision to suspend mobile Internet till August 28, fearing the spread of rumours through social media ahead of or during Monday's rally.

The Nuh authorities had recently refused permission to hold the religious procession on August 28 after an earlier one in July was disrupted following communal violence.

Admin has also imposed Sec 144

The district administration has also imposed Section 144 of the CrPC, prohibiting the assembly of four or more people in an area, as a precautionary measure. This order will be effective from August 26-28, said officials.

During this period, no person will be allowed to carry weapons such as licensed firearms, lathis, axes and others.

The Haryana government had earlier suspended mobile Internet services in Nuh after communal clashes broke out.

Haryana DGP convenes meeting of senior officers of bordering states

In view of the yatra call, Director-General of Police Shatrujeet Kapur called a meeting with senior officers of bordering states through videoconferencing and called for a coordinated effort to effectively deal with the situation.

In the meeting, attended by senior police officers of Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and the Union Territory of Chandigarh, Kapur said the administration has denied permission for the yatra due to a meeting of the G20 Sherpa Group, scheduled to be held in Nuh during September 3-7, and to maintain law and order in the aftermath of the July 31 violence.

According to an official statement on Saturday, police chief Kapur said despite permission being denied for the yatra, there are inputs that certain organisations have invited people from Haryana and neighbouring states to reach Nuh on August 28.

He said all necessary arrangements have been made by the Haryana Police in view of the proposed yatra. Police personnel have been deployed to maintain law and order. As a preventive measure, mobile Internet has been suspended in Nuh.

Ensure regular monitoring of social media

Kapur asked the senior police functionaries of bordering states to ensure regular monitoring of social media and share information about the people who try to disrupt peace through hate speeches and take action against them according to law.

Inter-state barricading should also be done to prevent any kind of mobilisation of people, he asserted. Nobody will be allowed to take the law into their hands.

He asked the police officers of bordering states that in case any incident that can disrupt communal harmony comes to their notice, it should be shared on a real-time basis so that preventive action can be taken on time.

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