Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) Varun Dahiya confirms the incident
Part of a mazar (shrine) was set on fire by unknown people in Gurgaon’s Sector 37 area in the early hours of Sunday, the police said. Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) Varun Dahiya said the fire was set off by some miscreants at a place of worship which housed the mazar and also had photos of Hindu gods in the Sector 37 area. “The fire was outside the main structure, and the offerings were set on fire. We are identifying the accused and will take strict action against them,” he said.
Communal clashes in Nuh district spread to Gurgaon
This incident comes even as Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) is imposed in Gurgaon after communal clashes that began in the neighbouring Nuh district of Haryana had spread to parts of the city. Last Tuesday, a mosque in Gurgaon was set on fire and the naib imam killed, allegedly by a mob of 70-80 people.
Priest files FIR, expressing concern over spreading discord in society
An FIR was registered based on the complaint of Ghasite Ram, the priest at the religious place at the main market in the Khandsa village, where people of all faiths come to worship. “On August 5, around 8.30 pm, after performing the puja and closing it, I went home. On August 6, around 1.30 am, I received information through the phone from people living nearby that some unknown people had set the religious place on fire, and with the help of people and passersby, the fire was controlled,” Ram stated in the complaint. “When I arrived, I saw that the articles used for worship inside the door of the religious place were burnt. I have come to know that five-six young boys gathered and set it on fire. By doing this, they have hurt the sentiments of people’s faith and can spread discord in society…” he added.
Police investigation and FIR details
The police said they received a call around 1.30 am on Sunday about a fire at the religious place. “Based on this information, they reached the spot where the complainant Ghasite Ram was present…” stated the FIR registered under sections 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), 188 (disobedience of an order duly promulgated by a public servant), 436 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house) of the Indian Penal Code.
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First published on: 07-08-2023 at 14:00 IST