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 useless and the injured, and a locality in Gurugram is a obtrusive 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 usually are not going again solely as a result of they do not have the cash to take action.
Tears welling up in his eyes, and palms folded, 25-year-old Shamim Hussain pleaded, “Final night, some folks got here and requested all Muslims to depart. 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 spiritual locations of each communities – mosques in addition to temples.
Almost 60 folks visited a landlord within the locality – which is correct subsequent to some posh high-rises within the metropolis – on Tuesday night and instructed him to ask all Muslim households to depart inside two days.
Folks within the locality knew the menace was not an empty one, as a result of a housekeeper had been crushed 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 folks working for him, mentioned, “Solely 4 folks got here to work in the present day. 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 crushed up. We obtained him right here and gave him first support. He has left for his village in Bengal this morning.”
“We’re additionally scared. We’ll exit on the highway and anyone will thrash us. We will not do something as a result of our village is way away, in West Bengal. When you may also help us, we will probably be grateful,” the person added.
Whereas speaking to the households, NDTV additionally witnessed two folks on a motorcycle asking the Muslim residents to depart the world.
Mr Hussain’s mom, Safia, 40, mentioned, “Round 60 folks got here round 7 pm yesterday. They did not communicate to us. They spoke to the owner and informed him to ask all of the Muslims to depart. Everybody has left and solely 15-16 households stay. There have been over 100 households dwelling right here. We will not depart as a result of we do not have cash to pay for the fare and the meals on the way in which.”
Talking to NDTV at his residence 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 be scared and has been crying for the previous two nights. We will not 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 folks like us are paying the worth. We’re day by day wagers and we aren’t with 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 more likely to be restored within the metropolis tomorrow.
“We’ve got obtained some information of migrant staff being requested to vacate their premises. We’ve got despatched district and police officers to the spot and are enterprise confidence-building measures. I wish to guarantee them of safety. There will probably be in a single day deployment in delicate areas and round spiritual locations of each communities – mosques in addition to temples,” Gurugram Deputy Commissioner Nishant Yadav had mentioned.
Six folks 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 hearth and heavy stone-pelting. It unfold from there to adjoining areas, together with Gurugram.