People of rural areas of the district celebrated Black Diwali in protest on Wednesday.
People put black flags on top of their houses as a mark of protest against the desecration incidents. Security was also beefed up in some sensitive villages where radical organisations have some impact.
The villages near Mohali also observed black diwali and people stayed indoors instead of bursting crackers during the festival. Though no untoward incident was reported from the district, police remained vigilant to deal with any kind of emergency. The security around the religious places was also beefed up in the rural areas.
Residents of village Ghruan put black flags on the road. Black flags were also hoisted in most of the villages near Kharar and Kurali. Mandeep Singh, a resident of Landran, said they are observing Black Diwali. “We did not illuminate our houses with lights or diyas. We also did not call our relatives and friends to celebrate Diwali,” added Singh.
Some people visited the villages in Kharar and asked residents to remove the lights from their houses.