Among 170 arrested after violence in Haryana, 90% are Muslims: Police

A muslim man from Nuh, Haryana watching his home being bulldozed following violence in the state. [Photo: X/Gabbar]

Haryana: Following the violence that erupted in Haryana’s Nuh district, a significant number of individuals, totaling 170, have been taken into custody by the authorities.

Quoting sources within Nuh police, the Muslim Mirror report said that he majority of those arrested, approximately 90%, belong to the Muslim community.

The situation has led to the filing of 56 First Information Reports (FIRs), highlighting the severity of the violence that took place during the clashes.

Members of the Muslim community have expressed concerns about perceived bias in the arrests. They argue that the police have disproportionately focused on detaining Muslim men while not taking sufficient action against Hindu men involved in the unrest, the report said.

A senior police official from Nuh, as quoted by the report, acknowledged the high number of Muslim arrests but emphasized that appropriate measures were also taken against Hindus responsible for the turmoil. Notably, four suspects believed to be involved in the torching of a mosque were apprehended.

In the midst of this controversy, Muslim families are demanding justice for their detained relatives, asserting their innocence. Some of those held in custody are believed to be under the age of 18, further complicating the debate surrounding the arrests.

In certain instances, family members have asserted that their detained sons and brothers were minors at the time of arrest, raising concerns about potential violations of legal protocols.

For example, a widow named Hurjahan, who lost her husband during the previous Ramzan, pleads for the release of her sons and son-in-law. She maintains that on the day of the violence, her son Junaid was at the library, Adil was taking care of Inam’s shop, and Inam was at home. Several families argue that their detained relatives were far away from the scene of the violence when it unfolded, the Muslim Mirror report mentioned.

The Superintendent of Police (SP) of Nuh, Narendra Bajjarnia, insists that all arrests were carried out based on evidence and proper age verification procedures.

Despite these assurances, tensions remain high in the aftermath of the violence, with ongoing concerns about the fairness of the arrests and subsequent legal processes casting a shadow over the district.

As the investigations continue, the intricate legal aspects of this case are being closely scrutinized by various parties involved.

In the past few days, over 50 panchayats in three districts of Haryana have barred the entry of Muslim traders, India Today reported on Wednesday.

These panchayats in Rewari, Mahendergarh, and Jhajjar have issued letters saying the Muslims living in the villages need to submit their documents to the police.

In Hisar, a few panchayat members have given a two-day ultimatum to all the shops to fire their Muslim employees. “We are giving a two-day ultimatum to all the shops to fire their Muslim employees or we will boycott them,” they said, as per Business Today report.

Meanwhile, the Narnaul sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) has asked the block offices to send show-cause notices to all the panchayats.

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