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Friday prayers forcibly stopped by Hindu extremists at several places in Haryana

Saturday May 5, 2018 12:17 PM, & Agencies

Friday Prayer Stopped

Gurgaon: Extremists associated with Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti forcibly stopped Muslims from offering afternoon prayers this Friday at as many as 10 places in Haryana.

The latest incidents of forcibly stopping Muslims from offering Friday afternoon prayers on open spaces came a week after authorities arrested 06 people in connection with a similar incident last week.

Ironically, extremists associated with the Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti - an umbrella body of the local units of 12 Hindutva groups including the Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Shiv Sena, Hindu Jagran Manch and the, Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Kranti Dal, themselves are being quoted in the local media claiming that they had prevented namaaz from being conducted at 10 places in the areas that included Atul Kataria Chowk, Sikanderpur, Cyber Park Sector 40, Wazirabad and Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road.

“Muslims need to take permission from the authorities to offer namzzs in open spaces,” Rajeev Mittal, National Coordinator of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Kranti Dal said.

“Members of Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti have today [Friday] interfered in 10 cases where Muslims were found preparing before the namaaz. We did not let that happen. But no law and order issues were reported. Our demand was clear – get permission from local administration before offering prayers", he added.

Two weeks ago Hindu residents in two villages of Gurgaon had stopped Friday prayers in an open space where Muslim men gathered every Friday afternoon. The incident came to light after a video was circulated on the social media.

“Members of our group are looking out for open space namaaz today and they have been asked to stop the Muslims whenever they spot any without getting into any law and order trouble”, Abhishek Gaur, district president of Bajrang Dal in Gurgaon said.

Earlier, the local administration assured the Samiti that there would not be any ‘namaaz’ at the ground without prior permission from authorities. A local media report also claimed that a team of nearly 40 policemen, headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police Anil Yadav, was deployed at the ground in Wazirabad area and told the local Muslims to go and pray in a mosque.

Friday afternoon prayers are offered in open spaces and grounds at some places because the mosques fail to accommodate large number of people. The ongoing “disruption drive” could create problems for Muslims as the month of Ramdan started barely in two weeks. Number of Muslims offering prayers swell in the holy month of fasting.

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