The state must remain impartial in situations of communal conflict

Syllabus: Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention.

Context

At a time when the tremors of ethnic clashes in Manipur have not yet settled, communal clashes in Haryana, in regions abutting the national capital, claimed six lives this week. Two Home Guards and four civilians were killed and 70 injured in clashes in Gurugram, Sohna and Nuh.

Why is the Conflict

  • The trigger for the mayhem, when local Muslims pelted stones at a Hindu religious procession on July 31 in Nuh, was in the making for a long time.
  • The day-long yatra between two temples in this Muslim-majority district used to be a local affair and has been held without incidents.
  • But in recent years, the yatra has become a political event, with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad mobilising participants from neighbouring Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
  • In the procession this year, participants raised slogans and carried firearms and other weapons, according to reports.
  • Facing attack, the pilgrims returned to the first temple and had to wait until police reinforcements arrived from neighbouring districts.
  • The administration was caught off-guard and unprepared. Following the violence, 176 people have been arrested and 93 FIRs registered.
  • The Haryana Chief minister, has said the violence was premeditated — it appears to be so.

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