Three people, including two Home Guards, were killed and at least 20 others injured in clashes that broke out between two groups in Haryana yesterday.
The clashes started during a religious procession in Haryana’s Nuh – adjoining Gurugram.
Police said the Home Guards were shot dead as a mob tried to stop the religious procession in Nuh’s Khedla Mod, throwing stones and setting cars on fire.
The third person was killed in the overnight violence, they said.
The Brij Mandal Jalabhishek Yatra, which was organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.
As the violence escalated, government and private vehicles were targeted by the mob. Towards evening, violence spread to the Gurugram-Sohna highway, where several cars were torched and stones were thrown at the police, sources said.
About 2,500, who had come to Nuh to take part in the procession, were stranded in a temple due to the violence outside. They were rescued by police later in the evening.
There were reports of violence from Palwal as well. Prohibitory orders banning large gatherings were imposed in Nuh, Gurugram, Palwal and Faridabad after violent clashes.
Internet services have been suspended in Nuh till tomorrow to contain the “intense communal tension”.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and other leaders have appealed to people to maintain peace and harmony.
A meeting will be held between the members of two communities in Nuh at 11 am.