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Protesting Gurgaon residents gather to stop open Friday prayer

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Gurgaon: A group of residents at Gurgaon's Sector 47 in Haryana gathered for the fourth consecutive week to disturb the Friday prayer in the open ground. Though Police had made security arrangements to avoid a confrontation between the two communities, the residents numbering about 80 carrying placards and raising slogans tried to march to the spot which met the police barricade.

However, the Friday prayer was held under heavy police protection. The Indian Express quoted ACP Sadar Aman Yadav as saying that under police initiative, many meetings were held with the representatives of both communities which worked towards reaching a solution for the issue.

While Aman acknowledged that the Friday Namaz was held peacefully, objecting residents gathered near the Namaz site and sang religious songs and bhajans using a mic and a portable speaker. They are also said to have raised slogans against the government for its failure in stopping Namaz in public places.

The Sector 47 site is among the list of 37 designated sites where prayers could be offered in the open, which was 'negotiated' by the administration through consultations with representatives of two communities after several disruptions were reported in 2018. Residents claimed the arrangement was not permanent and permission was granted only for a day.

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