The human toll of the violence that broke out in Haryana’s Nuh and unfold to different elements of the state can’t be measured solely when it comes to the lifeless and the injured, and a locality in Gurugram is a obvious instance of this. Of the over 100 Muslim households from West Bengal that had been staying within the locality, solely 15 stay, and even they are saying they’re petrified and will not be going again solely as a result of they do not have the cash to take action.
Tears welling up in his eyes, and arms folded, 25-year-old Shamim Hussain pleaded, “Final night, some individuals got here and requested all Muslims to go away. We do not have cash to return and even have money owed to pay to the native shopkeepers. It is okay if one thing occurs to me, however I’ve a one-year-old son. It’s my honest request to the federal government, district administration and native residents to guard us. Assist us, please.”
Earlier within the day, the Gurugram district commissioner had given an assurance that migrant households will probably be protected. He mentioned there will probably be in a single day deployment in delicate areas and round non secular locations of each communities – mosques in addition to temples.
Practically 60 individuals visited a landlord within the locality – which is true subsequent to some posh high-rises within the metropolis – on Tuesday night and instructed him to ask all Muslim households to go away inside two days.
Folks within the locality knew the risk was not an empty one, as a result of a housekeeper had been overwhelmed up on Tuesday afternoon by a mob who had simply requested him his identify.
A person who supervises a housekeeping operation from the locality and has 30 individuals working for him, mentioned, “Solely 4 individuals got here to work at the moment. A person who works right here was travelling on the highway when a mob requested him his identify. He answered, nothing extra was mentioned, and he was overwhelmed up. We obtained him right here and gave him first help. He has left for his village in Bengal this morning.”
“We’re additionally scared. We’ll exit on the highway and any individual will thrash us. We won’t do something as a result of our village is much away, in West Bengal. If you happen to will help us, we will probably be grateful,” the person added.
Whereas speaking to the households, NDTV additionally witnessed two individuals on a motorcycle asking the Muslim residents to go away the world.
Mr Hussain’s mom, Safia, 40, mentioned, “Round 60 individuals got here round 7 pm yesterday. They did not converse to us. They spoke to the owner and informed him to ask all of the Muslims to go away. Everybody has left and solely 15-16 households stay. There have been over 100 households dwelling right here. We won’t depart as a result of we do not have cash to pay for the fare and the meals on the way in which.”
Chatting with NDTV at his house later, Mr Hussain mentioned it had solely been seven days since he had come to Gurugram from Bengal to earn a dwelling. He had obtained a job as a meals supply agent simply two days in the past, and has not been paid but.
“My one-year-old boy is known as Alishan. I’m petrified that they’ll come and beat me and my spouse, and my son will cry seeing that. My spouse can also be scared and has been crying for the previous two nights. We won’t return as a result of we now have no cash within the village both. How will we survive?”
One other resident mentioned, “It isn’t about Hindus or Muslims. Whoever is participating in violence is accountable. However poor individuals like us are paying the value. We’re day by day wagers and we aren’t having the ability to depart the locality to go to work. We’ll go hungry if this continues.”
The district commissioner of Gurugram had mentioned earlier within the day that the state of affairs is peaceable now and full normalcy is prone to be restored within the metropolis tomorrow.
“We’ve got acquired some information of migrant employees being requested to vacate their premises. We’ve got despatched district and police officers to the spot and are enterprise confidence-building measures. I want to guarantee them of safety. There will probably be in a single day deployment in delicate areas and round non secular locations of each communities – mosques in addition to temples,” Gurugram Deputy Commissioner Nishant Yadav had mentioned.
Six individuals have died since Monday following rioting in Haryana’s Nuh, about 80 km from Delhi. The violence was sparked by a non secular procession taken out by VHP and Bajrang Dal, which got here below fireplace and heavy stone-pelting. It unfold from there to adjoining areas, together with Gurugram.
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