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"Not random act of violence": Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij on Nuh clashes

Ambala: Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij on Tuesday said the situation in Nuh, which saw clashes between two groups on Monday, was under control, adding that unidentified miscreants likely engineered and masterminded the violence.
Speaking to ANI on Tuesday, the minister said, "Internet services have been suspended (in Nuh district) and a curfew has been imposed. Adequate police deployments have been made at the scene as well." He informed further that police contingents have also been deployed in the adjoining districts of Nuh — Faridabad, Palwal, and Gurugram — in light of the violence on Monday.
Stating further that additional forces were being moved from other parts of Haryana as well, the state Home Minister said, "Senior IPS officers have been directed to maintain law and order in the areas they are deployed in."
He informed that DGP PK Agarwal and the additional director general of police (law and order) were at the spot, "taking stock of the situation".
"Some people were held against their will inside a temple. Those trapped inside the temple shared their live location with me through Google navigation. I passed on certain instructions to the police. An officer, Mamata Singh, led a police team, braving the odds, and reached the scene on time. The people held inside the temple were rescued," Vij said.
"It did not seem to be a random act of violence. All communities have been residing peacefully in Nuh. Someone appeared to have incited violence. Someone masterminded and engineered it. Stones, along with weapons and bullets, were stockpiled at various places," the minister said.
He added that like previous years, adequate security arrangements were made for the procession.
"Like previous years, we had deployed an adequate number of police personnel along the Yatra route. However, I don't want to jump to any conclusion," Vij added.
Meanwhile, authorities on Tuesday said mobile internet services will remain suspended in Nuh district till August 2, Wednesday, in light of clashes between two groups.
Prohibitory orders were also put in place in the district a day after the clashes.
Following the clashes, a police contingent was deployed at the scene to maintain law and order and prevent any untoward incident.
Two home guards were shot dead and about a dozen policemen were injured after a clash broke out between two groups in Nuh on Monday, the police said earlier.
All educational institutions, including schools, colleges, and coaching centres will remain closed on Tuesday in Gurugram in light of the clashes, the district Information and Public Relations officer of Gurugram said on Monday.
The order was issued by District Magistrate Nishant Kumar Yadav.
The deceased home guards were identified as Neeraj and Gursevak. They were deployed at Khedali Daula police station.
Further, according to the police, the personnel injured in the clashes were under treatment at Gurugram's Medanta Hospital.
Police said a mob attacked police teams when they were marching towards Mewat from Gurugram.
Sharing details of the incident on Monday, Nuh's acting SP Narender Bijarniya said, "Today's incident is unfortunate. The situation in Nuh is under control. Legal action is being taken against those responsible. Some (police) force members have also suffered injuries. The clash broke out during the Shobha Yatra & the reason behind the incident is being analysed. Some people have been arrested. Internet services have been suspended..."
Nuh Deputy Commissioner appealed to all to maintain peace while informing that all stranded people were rescued.
The Haryana Government, in an official notification, has said that the order has been taken to stop the spread of misinformation and rumours through social media platforms.
It further said that all telecom service providers of Haryana are directed to ensure the compliance of this order. (ANI)

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