Haryana violence: Three arrested for attempting to set ablaze mazar in Gurugram

Mosque in Sector 57 of Gurugram set ablaze last week. [Photo: Twitter/ Altaf Ahmad]

Gurugram: The Gurugram police on Tuesday arrested three out of five accused for allegedly starting a fire in a mazar at Khandsa village here, PTI reported quoting officials.

According to police, the five men committed the act after getting influenced by social media posts on the communal clashes that began in the neighbouring Nuh district and spread to other parts of the city and nearby areas last week.

The three arrested men have been identified as Gulshan, Vijay and Lalit, all residents of Khandsa village, a police official said.

He said while Gulshan is a shopkeeper, Vijay is an auto driver and Lalit works as a delivery boy for a pharmacy.

“All the five hatched a plan to create nuisance after coming across various social media posts on the Nuh violence. The accused, who were in an inebriated state, started the fire in the mazar with the help of some flammable material Sunday night. They then fled the spot. Our team identified them and three of them have been arrested. We are questioning the accused,” Varun Dahiya, ACP crime, said.

The incident took place when prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC were still in force in Gurugram in view of the communal clashes in Nuh and nearby areas.

The district administration lifted Section 144 on Monday.

According to a complaint filed by Ghasite Ram, the caretaker of the mazar who is a native of the Barabanki district of Uttar Pradesh, it was all normal at the shrine in the Khandsa village when he left for home in the Feroze Gandhi Colony at 8:30 pm on Sunday, the news agency reported.

He said around 1.30 am, he received a phone call from somebody living near the shrine that a fire in the shrine had been started by some people.

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