Saturday, January 11, 2014

Now Communal Tension in Saharanpur, Hindu Radicals Clash with Police

Four months after Jat-Muslim clashes in Districts of Shamli and Muzaffarnagar, radical Hindu elements are now fomenting communal tensions in rural area of adjoining District of Saharanpur. However police is alert.

The radical elements under the banner of “Rashtravadi Gurjjar Hindu Mahasabha” clashed with police in Village Sleempur under P.S. Nagal, to press their demand to bring a Hindu Gujjar girl back to the village from the house of her maternal uncle in Roorkee. Girl’s father, who is a police constable, approached the SDM, who called the girl. She refused to go with her father and pressed that she is adult and had married the man at her free will. She is a college student. She also expressed her apprehension that her parents may kill her. Reportedly BJP leader Thakur Hukam Singh, who was allegedly involved in Muzaffarnagare and Shamli incidents, is also active now in the area.

They claim that at the time the girl eloped with her Muslim class mate, she was not aware of his religion. Police says both the boy and the girl are adult. The Mahasabha supported by BJP and other communal Hindu organizations have warned a few days back that if the girl did not turned up to her parents they will hold Maha Hindu Panchayat in Roorkee, Uttrakhand.

During a meeting with Thakurs, Mr. Rashid the village Pardhan assured his help to resolve the tangle and advise the boy to dissociate from the girl. However the father of the boy did not attended the meeting on the pretext that he is not well.

In the meanwhile some one hundred activists of Gujjar Hindu Mahapanchayat, gathered in a courtyard at village Salempur and raised objectionable slogans. Alarmed police reached the spot and advised them to disperse as section 144 of CrPC is in force. They refused to heed and resorted to brick pelting. Than police lathi charged and fired shots. The village has been converted since in a Police Chawni.

According to media reports, the girl had married her friend in May last and both are living in Roorkee in Uttrakhand.

Indian Express reported, a group of people, who had gathered to hold a mahapanchayat at Salempur to protest the marriage of a Gurjjar girl with a Muslim youth, clashed with policemen Friday afternoon. The police had banned the holding of the Mahapanchayat and deployed security in the area. The girl has married a Muslim youth in Roorkee in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar district where both of them were studying. She is still at her maternal uncle’s place in Roorkee and the youth, too, lives there. Gurjjar organizations like Rashtravadi Gurjjar Hindu Mahasabha and other Hindu organisations had declared to hold the Mahapanchayat Friday if the girl was not brought home to her family at Salempur village by Thursday. However, the police prohibited the mahapanchayat and deployed heavy security in the area with borders of Saharanpur being sealed since Thursday evening. Both the girl and the boy are adults and got married in May last year, said the police.

The girl’s family found out about the marriage recently. Saharanpur SSP Upendra Kumar Agrawal said around 100 villagers managed to reach the venue of mahapanchayat, walking through fields, as the police were patrolling the roads. He said they later entered into a clash with the police force in the Nagal police station area. While the people started pelting stones, the police fired in the air. Later, the police are learnt to have retaliated with firing and used force to disperse the mob. Some villagers and policemen reportedly suffered injuries. While the SSP denied that any local was injured, he said a policemen’s face was wounded in stone-pelting. The SSP also claimed that no firing took place. Agrawal said 10 people have been taken into custody and FIRs are being lodged against those who indulged in violence and held the panchayat. He said most of the persons who gathered were local villagers.

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