Communal tension in Rajasthan town after VHP leader attacked


Hanumangarh (Rajasthan), 12 May

Municipal tensions gripped the city of Nohar in the Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan after a VHP leader was attacked by some people, officials said on Thursday.

Mobile internet services were suspended in the cities of Nohar, Bhadra and Rawatsar in Hanumangarh to curb the spread of rumors, they said.

Satveer Saharan of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) was attacked on Wednesday night when he, along with others, opposed a group of people sitting on an empty plot next to a temple and creating inconvenience.

When the news that Sahara was attacked and injured by people belonging to a minority community spread, members of various Hindu garments reached the site and protested.

Given the tension, additional police force was deployed and Hanumangarh’s Police Chief (SP) Ajay Singh reached the scene.

“Six accused, who attacked the Saharan, have been arrested. The situation is under control and additional police personnel have been deployed to maintain law and order,” police said.

Thirty-two people were also arrested under Section 151 of the CrPC for attempting to create trouble.

Videos showing the distribution of canes and provocative speeches also went viral in the area and these are being investigated and instructions have been given to take action in the case, said police chief ML Lather in Jaipur.

SP Ajay Singh said that Saharan who suffered a head injury was treated at Bikaner’s PBM Government Hospital.

SP said that measures should be taken against those who create problems and disrupt municipal harmony.

Bikaner Divisional Commissioner Niraj K Pawan and Inspector General of Police Omprakash were in Nohar to assess the situation.

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