The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal had claimed on their planned Jalabhishek Yatra, despite warnings from the Haryana chief minister. The townspeople held their breath as they await the outcome.
But as the dawn broke on August 28, a surprising sight met their eyes. Instead of the expected procession, locals flocked to their neighborhood temples, as suggested by the chief minister.
Haryana chrif minister Manhor Lal khatter
(HT File Photo/Keshav Singh/)
The aftermath of the July 31st attack on the yatra had left the residents of Nalhar village in a state of panic. The voice of the powerful clashes could still be heard in the air, as people endure in their homes, fearful of what may happen next.
However, the two groups were lasting and had made it clear that they would not back down from their planned procession. Khattar’s recent remarks seemed to have only emboldened them further, and the tension in the air was palpable.
Panchkula, Haryana, my ears perked up at the mention of a yatra that had been prohibited due to a “law-and-order situation.” The speaker, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, further explained that authorities had already pleaded with the organizers and devotees to refrain from carrying out the yatra again. Instead, he suggested that the people opt for the simpler route of performing poojas in local temples, which was the norm during the month of Sawan.
As the news spread like wildfire across Haryana, citizens couldn’t help but express their disappointment. Many had eagerly awaited the Jalabhishek Yatra, a pilgrimage of great significance to the people of Nuh. However, it seemed that fate had other plans in store.
The Haryana police had issued a warning to all those who were planning to proceed towards Nuh on August 28. With no permission granted by the district administration, it was deemed unsafe to proceed with the Yatra. X (formerly Twitter) was flooded with posts goading people to care about the police’s advice.
Nuh,is a small town in Haryana, was nowhere to be seen. Anil Vij, the Haryana home minister, had announced that the state cop was on high alert to maintain law and order. In light of this, the Haryana government had taken a careful measure to suspend mobile internet services and charge prohibitory orders. No one was quite sure what to make of it all. The yatra, a pilgrimage that drew crowds of devotees to the town, was expected to pass through Nuh.