Gurgaon: District Administration Withdraws Permission for Namaz at 8 Designated Spots

District administration in Gurgaon has canceled permission to offer namaz at eight of the 37 designated sites on Tuesday. Yielding pressure from Hindutva Organizations, the administration issued a statement, citing “objection from local residents and resident welfare associations” as the reason, as per reports by the Indian Express.

This move comes after continuous protests by Hindutva outfits, which opposed namaz offerings in public despite the administration’s permission. Therefore, the district administration was forced to provide police protection to the sites.

For nearly two months, the Hindutva organizations protested at two sites, in sector 12 A and sector 47.

The 37 designated places were concluded at after public namaz offerings were objected to by Hindutva organizations and residents. The district administration has now formed a committee to identify spots where namaz can be offered.

According to the Indian Express, the committee consists of sub-divisional magistrate including an assistant commissioner level police officer, members of Hindu and Muslim communities and also social organisations.

The statement read, “The committee will take decisions after consultation with all the stakeholders and the decision to designate a spot for namaz will only be taken after taking consent from local residents. While taking a decision, it will be ensured that the residents of the area do not have any opposition to the offering of namaz at a particular location. Namaz can be offered at any mosque, Idgah or a private place.”

30 people were detained last Friday, after they attempted to disrupt namaz in Gurugram by shouting slogans and holding up placards. Hindutva leaders and organisations have been central to the protests and have made false allegations against the Muslim community, The Wire has reported.

Dinesh Bharti, President of Bharat Mata Vahini who spearheaded the protests, claimed that the namaz offering was an ‘international conspiracy’. “They are offering namaz as part of this conspiracy of… love jihad, land jihad. If we don’t raise our voice, they will build a mosque here,”  Bharti had alleged.

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