A Haryana panchayat which saw presence of members of Hindutva groups like Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad, on Sunday, Jul 3, called for an “economic boycott of Muslim businesspersons,” Indian Express has reported.
The panchayat was held at a temple in Manesar and was attended by nearly 200 people from not just Manesar but also Kasan, Dharuhera and Gurgaon. The panchayat also gave a call to take up arms if incidents like the murders of a tailor in Udaipur and a chemist in Amravati occur again.
Panchayat attendees also submitted a memorandum for the deputy commissioner to a duty magistrate. In it, it called for the eviction of “illegal immigrants.”
“Many Rohingya, Bangladeshis and Pakistanis are illegally staying in Gurgaon and Manesar by hiding their real identities,” Devender Singh, general secretary, VHP Manesar, also said at the panchayat.
The memorandum claimed those staying “illegally” are also found to have been involved in “religious conversion.”
Singh also threatened a larger panchayat and “action” by “Hindu society” if the administration does not identify “those with illegal documents” within a week.
Singh said economic boycott is the only solution and claimed Muslims’ shops are not meant for business but are a part of “jihad” or religious warfare.
Many others at the panchayat reiterated this call for an economic boycott, asking attendees to stop renting to Muslims, buying fruit from Muslims’ shop, or getting haircuts in Muslim-owned salons.
The panchayat attendees also asked that an FIR lodged against those involved in a rally on Friday, July 1, at Gurugram, in which anti-Islam remarks were made, be cancelled.