Muslims shouldn’t supply Friday prayers in open areas in Gurgaon, Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar stated as we speak, withdrawing an earlier settlement – reached after clashes with members of the Hindu neighborhood in 2018 – that allowed namaz at designated locations within the metropolis.
Mr Khattar’s assertion comes amid a festering row between the 2 communities that has seen right-wing Hindu teams repeatedly harass and intimidate Muslims seeking to pray at agreed websites.
The Chief Minister stated the Gurgaon administration is re-negotiating with all events concerned and would work out an “amicable answer” that does not encroach on anybody’s rights.
Till then, individuals ought to supply prayers at their houses and different locations of worship.
Chatting with reporters, Mr Khattar stated, “I’ve spoken to the police and this subject should be resolved. We do not have issues with anybody praying at locations of worship. These locations have been constructed for this objective.”
“However these shouldn’t be performed within the open. We cannot tolerate the customized of providing namaz within the open,” the Chief Minister maintained.
The administration will work out methods to assist free areas and websites belonging to the Waqf which will have been encroached upon, he stated.
Namaz supplied open air on government-owned land has triggered vociferous protests by right-wing teams, who, final month, went as far as to unfold cow dung on a prayer web site. On different events, Muslims peacefully praying confronted shouts of “Jai Shri Ram“.
In October tensions flared as teams of individuals – locals claimed have been affiliated to right-wing organisations – disrupted prayers in Sector 12-A. Visuals from the world confirmed heavy police presence as Muslims prayed; 30 protesters have been detained over the incident.
After this, the Gurgaon administration on November 2 stated Muslims couldn’t pray at eight of the 37 beforehand agreed websites. The administration stated permission had been cancelled after “objections” from locals and stated permission can be revoked for different websites if related “objections” have been raised.
Amongst different “objections” raised are claims “Rohingya refugees” use the prayers as an excuse to commit crimes within the space.
When protests first made headlines, Mr Khattar stated everybody had a proper to wish but in addition issued a caveat, saying “these providing prayers shouldn’t block highway site visitors”.
Union Minister Krishan Pal Gurjar – the junior Social Justice minister, and whose constituency is in Haryana, stated individuals should be allowed to wish if the websites had been designated for such functions.