Chandigarh: Reacting to the increased number of incidents of disrupting namaz in different areas of Gurugram, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday said namaz should only be offered in mosques/eidgahs.
Khattar stressed maintaining law and order in the state was his responsibility and there has been a rise in namaz prayers being offered at public places.
Notably, some Hindutva outfits recently disrupted namaz at some places in Gurugram.
The CM, who will leave for Israel and UK on Monday, however, acknowledged that it was the state’s duty to maintain law and order while saying there had been an increase in instances of namaz being offered in the open. “Its alright till no objections are raised on (offering namaz at public places). But if there are objection from any department, then we have to be carefull.
So, we are keeping watch on it. It (namaz offering practice) was going well earlier but meantime there is increase in the issues of (offering namaz) at open places. So, we are taking care of it…We are counseling all that namaz should be offered at appropariate places not at public places,” he added.
“It is our duty to maintain law and order. There has been an increase in offering namaz in open. Namaz should be read in Mosques or Idgahs rather than public spaces,” Khattar said.
Several outfits, under the Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti, have called for a ban on namaz in open spaces after six people were arrested on April 20 for disrupting Friday prayers at a vacant plot in Sector 53 with chants of “Jai Sri Ram” and “Radhe Radhe”.
In the wake of the arrests, protesters organised a march and handed over a memorandum to the Additional Deputy Commissioner for forwarding it to Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. On Monday, a Gurgaon court granted bail to the six accused.
Many right-wing outfits disrupted Friday prayers in Gurugram. Namaz was disrupted in Gurugram in as many as 10 locations, said multiple reports. However, there was no violence outbreak.
The right-wing outfits shouted ‘Jai Shri Ram’, and ‘Bangladeshi wapas jao’ at congregations in areas like IFFCO Chowk, Udyog Vihar, Leisure Valley Park and Mall Mile on MG Road. They claimed Muslim worshippers didn’t have permission to offer namaz at public places.