‘Not Possible for Police to Protect Everyone’, Says Haryana Chief Minister Amid Appeal for Calm


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NEW DELHI — Appealing people to maintain peace and calm, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday said it is not possible for the police to protect every person in a state.

Haryana has been witnessing a wave of communal clashes since Monday that cost six lives. Among the six who lost their life was an Imam of a mosque and five others.

Addressing media on Thursday Khattar said, “If there is no amity, there is no security. If everybody insists on opposing each other, there is no security. It is not possible for the police, the army or you and I to protect each and every person,” NDTV report said..

“A certain environment is needed to ensure security. There has to be amity, good relations… for that we have peace committees… In case there is trouble, then we can take measures. They have done peace marches… go anywhere in the world, the police cannot protect everyone. We have two lakh people, and only 50,000 policemen,” he added.

Khattar also said the state has no information on Monu Manesar, the man said to be at the heart of the Monday’s violence which sparked the communal clashes.

“The case against him is filed by the Rajasthan government,”Khattar told the media , according to the report.

“I have told the Rajasthan government that if they need help to trace him, we are ready to help. Now the Rajasthan Police is searching for him. We don’t have any inputs on his whereabouts. Whether they have or not, how can we say?” he said.

Monu Manesar — wanted for the murder of two men from Rajasthan’s Jodhpur since February — is on the run. But he is said to have circulated an objectionable video that had infuriated some people.

Rumours that Monu Manesar — wanted for the murder of two men from Rajasthan’s Jodhpur since February — was seen at the religious procession held by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad in Nuh, had set off the attack. Some people threw stones at the procession and matters escalated from there. A mosque was torched post-midnight, more than a hundred vehicles were torched and vandalised.

Ripples from Monday’s clash have reached the posh areas of Gurugram, next-door to Delhi, which has been put on high alert.

Gurugram had imposed prohibitory orders banning large gatherings early on. But yesterday, a mob of 200 turned up, violating the rule, and torched a row of eateries and shanties near a residential society, reducing them to cinders, reports informed.

The sale of loose petrol or diesel has been banned to prevent incidents of arson.

116 people have been arrested and 190 people detained so far said Chief Minister. “Those responsible for the violence will be held accountable for the losses… the police are investigating CCTV footage and phone call records,” Khattar said.


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