Tension gripped the Salpani village, 18 km from here, on Friday after the villagers objected to the return of a Muslim man to the village on Friday after his "love marriage" with a Hindu girl of Kurukshetra.
Timely intervention of the police prevented the situation from exploding into a communal clash. The trouble arose when Ali Khan, son of Bashir Khan, came to the village on Friday along with his second wife, who is a Hindu.
Raising objections, the residents of Salpani asked both Ali and his new wife to leave the village. Later, the villagers directed the entire family of Bashir Khan to leave the village immediately. A few villagers even beat him up.
Bashir, Ali's father, works as a 'sewadar' at the dargah of Mohamad Hayaat Khan Auliya in the village. Bashir said that he had been living in the village with his four sons and the family of his brother for the past 30 years.
He alleged that the villagers actually got hostile towards him after he filed a case in the court against some villagers who had allegedly encroached upon over four acres of land belonging to the cemetery.
The villagers asked the family to leave the village, saying Ali's love marriage with a Hindu girl would set a bad precedent for their children. His luggage was packed into a tempo and he was asked to leave the village.
Meanwhile, a police party, led by additional superintendent of police Sumer Pratap Singh and deputy superintendent of police Satish Gautam, reached the village and tried to defuse the situation. Finding no breakthrough, the police took the villagers and Bashir and his family to police station. Negotiations continued throughout the day on Friday and the police finally succeeded in resolving the problem late in the evening.
DSP Gautam said that the villagers insisted that Bashir could live in Salpani, but he must stop working as 'sewadar' of the dargah. However, they said that there would be no restriction on his visit to the 'dargah' for worship. Bashir finally accepted this proposal and this brought peace to the village, the DSP added.
However, the police were keeping a vigil on the village as a precautionary measure.