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Namaz in public places row: Haryana Congress MLA jumps in

Nuh MLA and Haryana Congress Legislature Party Deputy Leader Chaudhary Aftab Ahmed wants the Muslim show of strength in the name of practising their religion to continue unabated

Nuh MLA and Haryana Congress Legislature Party Deputy Leader Chaudhary Aftab Ahmed has accused the state PK Agarwal (IPS) in connection with the case of the Muslim show of strength by way of conducting namaz (salah) in public places. The MLA also contacted Chief Minister at the Chandigarh residence of the latter twice by phone but was told that the chief minister was busy in meetings.

Ahmed said that he had told the that the way in which his fellow religionists were disrupted in the presence of the police in Gurugram this Friday was objectionable. He said that Haryana DGP had given him a positive assurance of taking steps that the police deemed necessary.

A month ago, Ahmed had written a letter to Chief Minister Khattar, demanding that appropriate action be taken in the matter. Besides, three MLAs of the INC had raised the issue at a press conference before the chief minister’s arrival in Mewat.

The day before yesterday (Friday), at the place where Muslims have been offering namaz for the past two odd years at Sector 37, Gurugram, Muslims and Hindus came face to face on the verge of what appeared an imminent confrontation. The police took six people into custody, reportedly all Hindus.

Local Hindus, along with some organisations of the community, protested and raised slogans of “Jai Sri Ram”.

At Sector-37, Gurugram, Hindu activists held demonstrations before the police that followed the instruction of the state government (of the BJP) that had permitted offering namaz at the location. Eventually, the Muslims offered their Friday namaz amid “heavy protests and police surveillance”, sources said.

On Friday, the location saw a large police force deployment to pre-empt any untoward situation.

For the last three months, Hindus have intensified their protests against namaz in public places in Haryana. The state administration has identified Sector 47, Sector 12 A and now Sector 37 of Gurugram as the most sensitive spots.

Police sources said that the protests had brought down the number of instances of Friday namaz in the city to about half. Whereas Muslims used to offer namaz in Gurugram on Friday at 37 places, now this number has come down to 19.

Recently, the Sadar Bazar Gurudwara Committee had appealed to Muslims to offer namaz in the basement of their gurdwara, since they were facing protests outside.

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