Muslims in Haryana’s Gurgaon confronted but extra protests from right-wing teams at this time whereas making an attempt to supply namaz. Interruption of namaz in open areas, significantly on government-owned land, has taken place each week for the previous few months within the metropolis, which is a part of the nationwide capital area.
This week – on the metropolis’s Udyog Vihar neighbourhood – there was a heated change of phrases after an offended mob appeared to harass Muslims gathered to wish, demanding they chant ‘Bharat mata ki jai‘.
Visuals confirmed the 2 teams (a few of whom had no face masks) shouting at one another.
A person sporting a saffron-coloured scarf, one other man in a maroon shirt and wool cap, and a 3rd in a blue shirt may be heard demanding the Muslims shout ‘Bharat mata ki jai‘.
“We are going to pressure you… You’ll have to say it… you’ll have to say it… you’ll have to say it,” the person within the maroon shirt screams. “Why cannot you say it… Do you reside in Pakistan?” one other individual is heard.
“We’re making an attempt to wish… why are you doing this?” the Muslims ask however their pleas are drowned out.
At this level the person within the saffron scarf factors a finger on the Muslims and says: “If you wish to keep in Bharat, you need to say it (‘Bharat mata ki jai‘).”
A few of the Muslims gathered to wish then begin a chant of their very own: “Mahatma Gandhi ki… jai, Mahatma Gandhi ki… jai, Mahatma Gandhi ki… jai.”
In one other video the person within the maroon shirt, now on the centre of a sea of individuals jostling and pushing, may be seen shouting: “We won’t enable namaz to be held right here.”
In line with information company PTI, police quickly arrived on the scene and tried to carry talks. Neither the district administration nor the police have issued an announcement as but.
PTI reported that namaz was supplied elsewhere in Gurgaon, together with in these chosen by the administration after talks between the 2 non secular communities following related clashes in 2018.
Muslims, nevertheless, stayed away from Sector 37 – one of many designated websites – the place a Hindu non secular ceremony was being carried out. The Sector 37 web site, previously, has additionally seen hostile stand-offs.
Controversy over the provide of namaz yesterday reached the Supreme Court docket, after an ex-Rajya Sabha MP sought motion towards state officers, together with the DGP of Haryana Police, for failing to adjust to instructions relating to curbing of communal and violent sentiments that lead to hate crimes.
As protests erupt every week, police presence has been required to take care of some regulation and order. However this has not, to this point, deterred the right-wing teams from turning out in pressure every time.
Final month Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar mentioned Muslims wouldn’t be allowed to supply namaz in open areas within the metropolis; this was successfully a withdrawal of the 2018 deal.
He instructed reporters “we can’t tolerate the customized of providing namaz within the open”.
With enter from PTI