A day after all 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana went to polls, tension gripped Mewat district under Gurgaon constituency forcing the administration to take steps to ensure that no violence erupts.
The situation turned worse after an unidentified body with bullet mark was found on Friday.
Shops in many areas — mainly in Punhana — were shut in anticipation of communal violence and the residents remained confined to their homes. The schools and bank branches in the area were also closed.
After incidents of violent clashes were reported from Nakanpur in Punhana during the voting procedure on Thursday, the situation remained tense here even on Friday.
Nakanpur had seen violent clashes on Thursday after three BJP activists were thrashed by a crowd allegedly comprising INLD supporters at booth 71. The three injured persons had to be admitted to a local government hospital. In the evening, there was another clash between the workers of the two parties.
This is despite the administration’s assurances earlier regarding safety and security during the elections.
The circumstances have resulted in heavy police security in the area. A flag march was conducted under the inspectorgeneral of Rewari range, Satya Prakash Ranga; superintendent of police Anil Dhawan and deputy commissioner for Mewat RC Verma.
The top officials have appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony in the area. The administration even requested the shopkeepers to reopen their shops but the market remained shut throughout the day. The CRPF and police battalion from other districts have also been deployed at Punhana to be prepared for any situation.
“The situation is under control now and there is no need to worry. We are taking every step to ensure that the town remains peaceful and calm. No new clashes have taken place and we have enough force in case of an emergency. The market was open today but some shopkeepers decided to keep their shops closed. The market will be open tomorrow,” said Verma.