Stone pelting sparks tension in Atali village

  • Prabhu Razdan, Hindustan Times, Faridabad
  • Updated: Jul 02, 2015 00:34 IST

Tension gripped Atali village in Ballabgarh once again, after an incident of stone pelting inside the temple triggered clashes between two sides leaving over half a dozen people injured on Wednesday.

The incident took place a day before the local court was to resume hearing on a case over the construction of a mosque.

The incident occurred around 3.30 pm when some people allegedly threw stones on some Hindu women who were singing bhajans inside the temple.

“At least three women, including a woman constable posted there, received injuries,” said a villager. Hindus who assembled at the spot resorted to stone pelting due to which some Muslims were injured.

Soon after the incident, senior police and civil officers, including deputy commissioner Amit Aggarwal, rushed to the village.

The villager said that the injured were rushed to a nearby private hospital for treatment and later discharged after first-aid.

“Some anti-social elements resorted to stone pelting due to which both sides received minor injuries,” deputy commissioner Amit Aggarwal said. He said peace was restored in the village.

A case has been registered at the Chhinsa police station.

Security has been intensified in the village. Since Panchayat elections are due in this village and the state government has set the election process into motion in Haryana, the incident seems to be a political ploy by some vested interests, villagers said.

Atali village witnessed communal violence on May 25 in which houses of some Muslims were torched, forcing them to flee the village. The Hindus claim that the land on which the mosque was being built belonged to the Panchayat whereas the Muslims claim the land belonged to Wakf.

The displaced Muslims later returned to village on June 3 after Hindus apologised for the incident.

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