UTTARKASHI: Communal tension in Uttarkashi’s Purola town, following the arrest of two men, including one from the minority community, for allegedly trying to “abduct” a minor girl of a different faith on May 26, has now spread to Gangotri town in the district. Shops remained closed on Saturday in Gangotri as a mark of protest against the increasing number of alleged incidents of “love jihad” across the state.
Local traders participating in the protest voiced concerns about the “influx of unverified outsiders engaging in small roadside businesses” which they alleged is affecting “the tranquillity and law and order of Gangotri, which is one of the Char Dham pilgrimage towns”. They called for immediate action in this regard by the administration. Meanwhile, amid the escalating tension, a 32-year-old shopkeeper from the minority community prepared to leave Purola after his landlord asked him to vacate the rented shop.
Sharing his distress, the shopkeeper, who had been residing in Purola for the past three decades and runs a garment business, said, “We are waiting for transport trucks to arrive and will leave the town in a couple of days. My father came to Purola 30 years ago and started a garment business. However, due to the communal tension, we are now forced to vacate the shop, also leaving behind our own house that was built by my father years ago.”
According to sources, a total of 11 shopkeepers from the minority community have migrated from Purola, while three others have left Barkot and Naugaon towns after some unidentified people last week pasted posters on the closed shops of traders belonging to the minority community in which they threatened them to “shut down business and leave the town”.
CM Pushkar Singh Dhami, who is on a two-day visit to Uttarkashi, said, “No one will be allowed to disrupt peace or take the law into their own hands.”

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