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No end to Gurgaon namaz row as protesters park trucks around prayer site

Locals and members of right-wing teams who’ve been trying to disrupt namaz in Gurgaon over the previous weeks resorted to a brand new tactic Friday, parking vans within the periphery of an space earmarked for prayers by the Muslim neighborhood in Sector 37.

Six-seven individuals had been put into buses by police for allegedly trying to disrupt the prayers, which had been ultimately provided amid sloganeering at the same time as police created a cordon by pushing again the protesters. One particular person was later detained.

Within the crowd had been males who had been arrested earlier too for comparable protests in Sector 12. The lads, who’ve been spearheading protests in opposition to namaz at public locations within the metropolis, had been additionally ‘honoured’ at a Govardhan Puja organised by Sanyukta Hindu Sangharsh Samiti lately.

Parking vans is the most recent in a collection of strategies employed by the protesters to cease namaz within the open – the lads have up to now carried out a havan ceremony in Sector 37 “to commemorate 26/11 martyrs on the thirteenth anniversary of the Mumbai terror assaults”, performed cricket at a namaz website, carried out a puja at one, and left dung muffins behind afterwards.

On Friday, the protesters numbered round 70, most of whom claimed to be from close by villages of Khandsa, Narsinghpur, Mohammadpur Jharsa, and Begumpur Khatola. They mentioned parking their vans and enjoying cricket on the website had nothing to do with the namaz row.

As police requested them to disperse in view of a regulation and order subject and for not following Covid norms, many refused to budge.

In the meantime, the Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti, which was a part of the committee fashioned by the deputy commissioner final month to establish spots the place namaz could possibly be provided, issued an ultimatum to the administration Friday, stating that from subsequent week, they might not enable namaz at a single spot in a public place within the metropolis.

On Friday, the protesters numbered round 70, most of whom claimed to be from close by villages of Khandsa, Narsinghpur, Mohammadpur Jharsa, and Begumpur Khatola. (The Press Reporter Photograph)

“We had given the administration one month’s time, which ends tomorrow. From December 10, we is not going to enable namaz to happen at any of those factors. I wish to reiterate that no listing or spots had been designated for namaz. The permission was solely momentary. Via this protest by the courageous folks of Khandsa, our motion has received extra energy. We’re receiving messages of help from all around the nation,” mentioned Mahavir Bhardwaj, president of the Samiti.

Avaneesh Raghav, a businessman from Khandsa who was among the many organisers of the havan final week and was current at Sector 37 on Friday, mentioned, “Now we have a transport enterprise and are from the union. That is our land… Now we have merely gathered right here to park our vans since there isn’t any area elsewhere. The federal government has neither given permission to Muslims to supply namaz right here nor has it stopped us from coming right here… Locals from villages right here wouldn’t have area to conduct their occasions whereas some outsiders come right here to supply namaz from so far as Mewat…”

For over an hour, the protesters continued to camp on the website, elevating ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Vande Mataram’ slogans. At 1.05 pm, as a bunch of Muslims led by Muslim Ekta Manch chairman Shehzad Khan made their approach to the location, the protesters tried to confront them, however had been pushed again by the police.

At the least seven folks had been bundled right into a bus and brought to a police station. Amongst them was Dinesh Thakur, president, Bharat Mata Vahini, who has led protests in opposition to namaz in Sector 47 and was booked in April for selling enmity amongst communities.

DCP (West) Deepak Saharan mentioned, “One particular person, Dinesh Thakur, was detained underneath preventive measures of CrPC for inflicting a regulation and order subject. Earlier too, he was arrested in an identical incident in Sector 47. Others had been let off after a warning.”

Thakur, earlier than his detention, mentioned, “This namaz is a conspiracy… of land jihad.”

Amit Hindu, who was among the many 26 individuals who had been arrested on October 29 for trying to disrupt prayers in Sector 12 A, was additionally a part of the protests on Friday. “We’re not terrified of arrests,” he mentioned.

Shehzad Khan mentioned the Sector 37 website is among the many listing of factors agreed upon for Friday prayers by the lately fashioned committee after consultations with all stakeholders: “That is authorities land. The committee had diminished the spots from 37 to 29. We agreed to it. However on the designated websites, we are going to supply namaz. If folks have any opposition, they need to strategy the administration… If the administration asks us to cease providing namaz within the open, we are going to cease.”

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