Members of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), which organised the yatra in Nuh, said they asked devotees in the city to offer holy water to Lord Shiva at local temples. The same was directed for worshippers in other districts of Haryana.
“Around 5,000 people gathered at both the Shiva temples. Small ceremonies were held at about 30-35 temples and then everyone reached either of the two temples in New Palam Vihar and Sector 10A. We performed a havan and paid our respect to those who lost their lives in the July 31 clash,” said VHP district secretary Yashwant Shekhawat.
It was at the yatra on July 31 that riots broke out in Nuh, fanning communal violence in Gurgaon, Palwal and Rewari.
On Monday, VHP once again organised the religious procession in Nuh even though the district administration had not given permission for it. Monday’s yatra was, however, curtailed amidst heavy police and paramilitary force deployment and border checks to stop outsiders from entering Nuh.
Asked about not being able to attend the yatra in Nuh, VHP’s media coordinator Anurag Kulsreshth said he was not under house arrest and that the outfit “understood the need to play our part in ensuring law and order in the city”.
“G20 is also close, and we don’t want anything to happen that could ruin the reputation of our country in front of world leaders. It is a religious ceremony and all we need to do is worship Lord Shiva,” he told TOI.
No procession was taken out from any place in the city.
Kulsreshth said, “We wanted to convey that Nuh is not a city that can have a monopoly of one community… We consented to the administration’s request to contain our procession and we will continue to take out the yatra in its normal format from next year.”
The VHP member said some people offered prayers at temples in the city and later joined others in Nuh.
Kulsreshth said was called to the Bajghera police station on Monday morning, but he joined worshippers at a temple in the city.
“I wouldn’t call it a house arrest. It was a preventive measure that the police took. They guarded and kept an eye on my residence for the last three to four days. It was a mandate for them, and I welcomed it,” he said.