Haryana CM Urges VHP and Bajrang Dal to Reconsider Jalabhishek Yatra
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has called upon the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal to reconsider their plans for a proposed Jalabhishek Yatra in Nuh on Monday. The chief minister’s appeal is rooted in concerns over a potential escalation of violence during the event. He has urged devotees in Nuh and neighboring districts to perform their prayers at local temples as an alternative.
Tensions Lead to Security Measures
The situation has prompted heightened security measures in the area. Haryana Police have taken the step of sealing all borders leading to Nuh. Additionally, they have collaborated with Rajasthan authorities to prevent entry from that direction, aiming to maintain peace and order in the region. The decision to implement these security measures follows the assertion by the VHP that they intended to proceed with the Jalabhishek Yatra despite the district administration’s reservations.
“Police bandobast has been done across the state. These areas like Palwal, Gurgaon, Faridabad, and Rewari were affected last time also and this time they are tense. But the alert is for all across states. Even neighboring states have been spoken to. We have held meetings with states like Rajasthan to not allow people from outside who are heading toward Haryana or Nuh,”
VHP’s Position and Chief Minister’s Response
The Vishva Hindu Parishad has communicated that the “shobha yatra” is scheduled for August 28 in Nuh. They assert that obtaining permission from the administration for such religious events is unnecessary. VHP joint general secretary Surendra Jain clarified that the yatra would be conducted by the Sarva Hindu Samaj of Mewat, rather than the VHP itself. Jain also encouraged residents from other parts of Haryana to organize similar yatras in their own localities instead of joining the one in Mewat.
In response, the ADG emphasized that maintaining social harmony is of paramount importance and no activity that could disrupt it would be permitted. She stated, “At this stage, we don’t find an environment conducive to the kind of yatra that has earlier happened. The decision has been taken and we are sticking to it. We will take all measures to ensure peace and harmony is maintained.”
Security Measures and Precautions
Given the prevailing tensions and the possibility of violence, authorities have taken significant precautions. Educational institutions and banks in Nuh have been instructed to remain closed on Monday. Furthermore, local law enforcement has deployed drones to monitor the movement of individuals during the event. These measures are intended to prevent any untoward incidents and maintain a secure environment.
As the situation continues to develop, it remains to be seen whether the VHP and Bajrang Dal will heed the chief minister’s advice and reconsider their plans for the Jalabhishek Yatra. The administration’s commitment to upholding peace and social harmony underscores the importance of responsible conduct during such events.
Stay tuned for further updates as the story unfolds.