At least five people, including two police personnel, were killed in clashes between Hindus and Muslims in India’s Haryana state on Monday, police officials told Reuters.
The violence sparked when the Hindu religious procession passed through the Muslim-dominated Nuh region, around 50 km from New Delhi.
“The procession was meant to move from one temple to another, but clashes broke out between two groups on the way, which resulted in the death of four people,” Krishan Kumar, spokesperson of Nuh police, told Reuters.
According to local media outlets, at least four people, including two police officers, were killed in the clashes. Over 20 police officers were injured, and dozens of vehicles were set on fire.
Later, tensions spread to Gurugram, about 30 km (19 mi) from New Delhi, when rioters set a mosque on fire and killed a Muslim cleric late Monday night. Some attackers, according to the police, have been arrested.
On Tuesday, there were no fresh reports of violence from either location, but police said they had ordered schools and institutions to remain closed out of an abundance of caution.
Manohar Lal Khattar, the chief minister of Haryana, denounced the violence in Nuh in a post on the social networking website X, formerly known as Twitter.
“The guilty will not be spared at any cost. Strictest action will be taken against them,” he said, as cited by AP News.