Nagpur, Maharashtra: In a major show of communal harmony, the members of Budhist, Sikh and Muslim communities, on Oct. 05, held an impressive peace march in Nagpur. For last two days the Nagpur was tense after a minor altercation between two groups of youth belonging to Budhist and Sikligar Sikh communities had turned serious. Leaders and representatives of these minority communities held a series of meetings to pacify the tensions. They jointly held a peace march in Nagpur covering almost all areas that had witnessed incidents of violence.
A late night altercation between two groups of youth on Dashehra day had triggered stone pleting and tensions in various parts of Nagpur.
S. Malkit Singh Bal of Adarsh Gurmat Parchar Sanstha over phone that he along with other Sikh representatives reached the spot and pacified the situation in consultation with the police.
But next day the tensions resurfaced and there were incidents of violence in some areas.
He said that there was no harm to any of the Gurdwaras in Nagpur, including Panchsheel Gurdwara Sahib. “Some people are trying to make an issue out of a minor incident” he said while adding that harmony was in favor of all communities inhabiting the Nagpur. It is notable that Maharashtra is poll-bound for October 15 and communal tensions could lead to major disturbances.
Representatives of Budhist, Sikh and Muslim communities who participated in yesterday’s peace march included – Parkash Ram Teke, Jatinder Desai, Dr. Deepagan Bhagat, Pramod Bansod, Adil Bhai, Astam Mullan, Ishfaq Bhai, Malkit Singh Bal, Khushkamal Singh, Rajinder Singh Dhillon and Parmnder Singh Vij.
The peace march was a show of harmony and unity among the minority communities.