Political tensions rise in Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh after a local VHP leader attacked

12 May, 2022 | Riya Girdhar

After a local VHP leader was attacked by members of another group in Nohar on Wednesday, tensions rose in Rajasthan's Hanumangarh district.

Following Bhilawara, a local Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader was assaulted by members of another group in Nohar on Wednesday, causing tension in Rajasthan’s Hanumangarh district.

Following the assault, VHP activists flocked to the streets in protest, shouting slogans and blocking roadways, bringing traffic to a halt. To avoid the spread of misinformation and promote tranquilly, internet services were turned off in Nohar and two other towns. Later, services were restored.

According to authorities, VHP leader Satveer Saharan got into a fight with a group of men after accusing them of harassing women outside a local temple. Satveer was severely injured after being struck by an iron rod.

Angry VHP and Bajrang Dal workers halted traffic on a key road in Nohar on Wednesday evening, threatening to stay put unless the perpetrators were caught quickly. Police and district administration arrived to calm the scene and ensure the demonstrators that action would be taken.

So far, two persons have been apprehended, while the remainder have fled. The remaining suspects are being sought in a manhunt.