Bajrang Dal halts namaz in Gurugram’s Sector 69
Members of the Hindutva organisation said that they will scale up protests if the prayers are not stopped in public places.
Members of Hindutva organisation Bajrang Dal members on Friday disrupted namaz in Gurugram’s Sector 69, The Indian Express reported.
In a video posted by Live Hindustan, a member of the organisation is seen telling the Muslim worshippers not to pray in open spaces.
The Indian Express identified the man as Amit Hindu, a member of the Bajrang Dal.
“It does not matter whether they have permission to pray at six locations or not,” he is heard saying in the video. “We will scale up the protests if prayers continue in the coming weeks.”
Praveen Saini, the district coordinator of the Bajrang Dal, said that the Muslim men were lying when they said that they have been praying in the open space for 15 years.
“The Chief Minister has clearly said that there will be no namaz in open spaces,” he said.
In December 2021, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had said that offering namaz in open spaces will not be tolerated and that some sites in Gurugram reserved for Muslims to conduct prayers had been withdrawn.
Last year, there were several reports of Hindutva groups disrupting Namaz in Gurugram.
On December 17, 2021, Hindutva groups had disrupted namaz at a park in the Udyog Vihar area of the city. Videos shared on social media showed them forcing people to chant “Bharat Mata ki Jai”. On that day, Muslims had stayed away from the Sector 37 ground, which was one of the designated sites for namaz in Gurugram.
This specific namaz site had seen several disruptions between November 2021 and December 2021.
Hindutva groups had protested on November 20 last year against Muslims offering prayers at Sector 37 ground, claiming that they wanted to play cricket there.
The groups had also organised a havan ceremony on November 26 last year at the site to mark the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
In Sector 12A, a group prevented Muslim prayers on November 7, 2021 claiming that a volleyball court was to be set up there.