Rewasan Village, Haryana, August 8, 2023: In a tense turn of events, a nine-member Congress delegation, which included prominent figures like party MP Deepender Hooda and state party chief Udai Bhan, was halted by state police near Rewasan village, just 12 kilometers shy of Nuh city.
The delegation’s intended visit was in response to the prevailing situation in Nuh, where the Chaurasi Kos Yatra has been unfolding, sparking concerns of potential violence and public disorder.
Citing Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code, which restricts the assembly of four or more people in a particular area, the state police justified their action in stopping the Congress delegation. The decision was made as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order amidst the ongoing Chaurasi Kos Yatra, a religious procession that has witnessed a surge in participation and fervor in recent days.
The Chaurasi Kos Yatra, a revered pilgrimage for Hindu devotees, has historically been a source of both spiritual significance and, at times, communal tension. The pilgrimage covers a distance of approximately 84 Kos (a unit of measurement) around a sacred area. This year’s Yatra has gained additional attention due to its coinciding with regional political developments and escalating communal tensions.
The Haryana region, where the Chaurasi Kos Yatra is unfolding, has been witness to sporadic episodes of violence and communal clashes, as evidenced by the recent Nuh, Haryana riots. These riots, sparked by a combination of religious and socio-political factors, resulted in the unfortunate loss of life and property. The situation remains sensitive, and authorities are taking measures to ensure that any potential outbreak of violence is contained.
The decision to halt the Congress delegation highlights the delicate balance authorities are striving to maintain between upholding democratic norms and ensuring public safety. While political leaders hold a responsibility to address the concerns and grievances of their constituents, the current circumstances demand careful consideration to prevent any further escalation of violence.
As the Congress delegation’s attempt to reach Nuh remains stymied, the situation continues to evolve against the backdrop of the ongoing Chaurasi Kos Yatra. Authorities and political stakeholders are grappling with the challenge of balancing the freedom of movement and expression with the imperative to prevent any untoward incidents in this already tense environment.
It is anticipated that further developments will transpire as both the political and religious dimensions of this situation intersect, shaping the course of events in Nuh and beyond.