In the economic hub of Gurugram, south of the Indian capital New Delhi, traffic was lower than usual on Wednesday and certain avenues were vacant as a result of reports that seven people had died as a result of two days of Hindu-Muslim violence in the area.
Four people, including two police officers, were killed and some 60 others were hurt when violence broke out on Monday during a Hindu holiday parade in the Muslim-dominated Nuh area.
According to officials, two additional individuals had passed away from injuries by Wednesday morning.
On Monday night, violence began to extend to the nearby city of Gurugram, and it persisted until Tuesday. During this time, a mosque’s imam was slain, numerous stores and restaurants were vandalized or set ablaze.
The individuals responsible for the riots in Nuh are continuously being named. Manohar Lal Khattar, the chief minister of Haryana state, where Gurugram is located, announced on Wednesday that 116 persons had been detained thus far.
Numerous major corporations, including Google, Deloitte, and American Express, are headquartered in Gurugram, a neighborhood located around 10 kilometers (six miles) from the nearest violent incident. It wasn’t immediately clear if they were open or if employees had reported for duty.
While the majority of the area’s schools were allowed to reopen on Wednesday, several institutions decided to halt traditional classes and switch to online learning out of concern for student safety.
However, according to police officials, everything was “normal” and that business as usual was being conducted in all offices and educational institutions. Orders prohibiting gatherings of four or more individuals in public places, however, were still in effect.
The police were also prepared for any planned demonstrations by Hindu nationalist organizations, including those in the nation’s capital.
Subhash Boken, a spokesman for the Gurugram Police, stated that “additional forces have been deployed in the district and we are closely monitoring the situation.”
The deadliest sectarian violence to hit the nation’s capital in decades occurred in northeastern Delhi in 2020, when religious conflicts claimed the lives of over 50 people. The government’s passage of a citizenship law the year before, which detractors claim marginalizes Muslims, served as the catalyst for the riots.