Gurugram mosque set on fire, cleric shot dead in attack: Minister
A mob attacked a mosque in Gurugram, killed one person, and injured several others just past midnight, police have said. The mosque, Anjuman Jama Masjid in Sector 57, was also set on fire. Fire control trucks were rushed to the spot, and brought the fire under control.
Union Minister and Gurugram MP Rao Inderjit Singh confirmed to media that there was an attack on a mosque in Gurugram in which two people including the imam were shot.
"Yesterday, I spoke to the Minister of State for Home. Twenty companies of paramilitary have been sent. Nuh's incident has had an impact on Gurugram as well. Yesterday, there was an attack on a mosque in Gurugram in which two people including the imam were shot. Five people have been detained in this case," he said.
A First Information Report has been filed regarding the incident, police said.
The police identified the attackers, conducted raids at various places, and several of the accused were arrested, they said.
Security around religious places has been strengthened. Both the police and administration are holding meetings with prominent members of the community to ensure peace, police said.
Internet services have been suspended in Sohna, Pataudi, and Manesar areas.
Four people, including two Home Guards, were killed, and at least 30 others injured in clashes that broke out between two groups in Haryana yesterday. The clash started during a religious procession in Haryana's Nuh, adjoining Gurugram.
Police said the Home Guards were shot dead as a mob tried to stop the religious procession in Nuh's Khedla Mod, throwing stones and setting cars on fire. A 26-year-old man was killed late last night after a mob attacked a mosque in Gurugram as the violence spread to the neighbouring district, while the identity of the fourth man who died in the violence is yet to be ascertained.
The Brij Mandal Jalabhishek Yatra, organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), was stopped by a group of young men on the Gurugram-Alwar National Highway.