A panchayat held on Sunday in Haryana’s Manesar demanded an economic boycott of “Muslim retailers and sellers” in the area.
The panchayat had more than 200 participants, including Bajrang Dal and Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) members. People from the adjacent villages of Manesar, Kasan, Dharuhera, and Gurgaon were also there.
The panchayat was summoned, according to Devender Singh, general secretary of VHP Manesar, on behalf of the “Hindu society” in the area to speak out against the “jihadist forces” and rising “religious extremism” that had established roots in the nation.
Some speakers claimed that that several Muslim-owned juice bars and hairdressers in the neighbourhood had “Hindu names and names of Hindu deities.” The panchayat demanded that, those present should create village-level committees to enforce the boycott and give a deadline to the administration.
A document submitted to the deputy commissioner stated that, “There should be an immediate enquiry into this and those found staying illegally should be evicted. They are involved in religious conversion and strict action should be taken against them.”
“Hindus are being killed… Many Rohingya, Bangladeshis and Pakistanis are illegally staying in Gurgaon and Manesar by hiding their real identities. They have set up businesses in various sectors. We have given the administration a week’s time to probe this and identify those with illegal documents… How did they get their IDs made? Who is funding them? This is a threat to our safety. If there is no action, then Hindu society will take action. Another panchayat will be called at a larger scale and the future course of action will be decided,” Devender Singh said.
He further added: “Economic boycott is the only solution. Their shops are not for business or employment… this is part of jihad. Committees need to be formed in villages that can discuss and take action. We have already started this from Manesar.”
SHO of the Manesar police station, Vijay Kumar, said when asked if the organisers had gotten permission, “We have information that the panchayat will be held. Personnel from the police station was dispatched as a precaution. The situation remained calm.”