Security personnel, including paramilitary forces, have been deployed, while security has also been tightened at inter-State and inter-district borders.
Six people, including two home guards and a cleric, were killed in communal clashes that erupted in Nuh and its adjoining areas after a Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) procession was attacked by a mob on July 31.
On August 13, the Sarv Jatiya Hindu Mahapanchayat had given a call to resume the Brij Mandal Shobha Yatra in Nuh on August 28. The VHP has said the procession will be taken out and asserted that there is no need to obtain permission for such religious events.
Schools, banks closed
As a precautionary measure, the district administration has ordered the closure of educational institutions and banks on the day, suspended mobile Internet and bulk SMS services, and imposed prohibitory orders in the communally-sensitive district.
It has also imposed Section 144 of the CrPC, prohibiting the assembly of four or more people in an area, till Monday.
No permission given: CM
On Sunday, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar reiterated that no permission had been given to the yatra. “Instead of the ‘yatra’, people can visit temples in their areas for ‘jalabhishek’,” he said, asserting that it is the State government’s responsibility to maintain law and order.
Haryana Director General of Police Shatrujeet Kapur said the administration had denied permission for the yatra due to a meeting of the G20 Sherpa Group, scheduled to be held in Nuh from September 3 to 7.
The government has also announced the suspension of mobile Internet from August 26-28.
Heavy security deployment
Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Mamta Singh on Sunday said arrangements have been made to prevent any untoward incidents.
According to a police spokesperson in Nuh, 1,900 Haryana Police personnel and 24 companies of paramilitary forces have been deployed. No outsider will be allowed to enter Nuh. All entry points to the district have been sealed and the road leading to the Malhar temple has also been closed, he said.
Traffic on the KMP Expressway and the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway, however, will continue, the spokesperson added.
Nuh Deputy Commissioner Dhirendra Khadgata and Superintendent of Police Narendra Bijarniya have held meetings with peace committees.
Police chief Kapur also presided over a meeting with senior officers of bordering States — Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and the Union Territory of Chandigarh — through videoconferencing and called for coordinated efforts to effectively deal with any emerging situation.
(With inputs from agencies)