New Delhi: Muslims offering daily prayers (Namaz) in a private property in Gurgaon's Sector 12-A faced a crowd of locals, including Bajrang Dal workers, shouting 'Jai Shri Ram' slogans, NDTV reported. The incident that happened on Friday increased tensions in the area, the report says.
Similar scenes have been happening in certain places, including Sector 47, where Namaz offered outdoors on government land, triggered protests. The demand is that performing Namaz outdoors should be stopped and moved indoors.
Video visuals from Friday showed that Muslims offered prayers in police presence while protesters were shouting "Jai Shri Ram" outside barricades. A local lawyer and former BJP leader Kulbushan Bharadwaj, who appeared for the Jamia Millia shooter, was seen among protesters.
The crowd dispersed only after the police offered assurances related to the dispute over where Muslims could offer their daily prayers.
In both the cases of Sector 47 and Sector 12-A, Namaz sites were part of those 37 identified by the Gurgaon district administration for Muslims to offer prayers. The sites were chosen after talks between Muslims and Hindus during a similar dispute in 2018.
After the Sector 47 protests last week, Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar said that everyone had a right to pray, though not by blocking road traffic. But if those praying are doing it at designated places, as suggested by the city administration, it should not be disrupted, the CM had said. He added that the issue should be resolved amicably, and the local administration is handling it well.
Union Minister Krishan Pal Gurjar also said that people must be allowed to pray in the designated sites for the purpose.
In sector 47, protests have been going on for weeks, and the residents claim that Rohingya refugees use prayers as an excuse to commit crimes in the area. They also claimed that Namaz was allowed at the site for one day only.
Last week, ACP Yadav had told ANI, the news agency, that multiple rounds of talks with residents have failed to find a compromise.
The protests surface amid comments made by BJP leaders such as MP Anantkumar Hegde, who slammed at the noise of azan from mosques.