Hindutva organisations have been trying to stop Friday prayers in Gurugram over the last two weeks
GURUGRAM — Right-wing organisations on Friday disrupted namaz at several places in Gurugram (Gurgaon), police said. Police said they were present at the namaz sites and prevented any violence from taking place.
Hindutva organisations have been trying to stop Friday prayers in Gurgaon over the last two weeks alleging that some people were trying to grab land in a bid to merge it with a mosque.
Muslims used to offer Friday prayers at several places in open fields since long due to shortage of mosques in Gurugram and at some places worshippers offer namaz outside the mosques in case mosques are small to accommodate them.
There were disruptions at Wazirabad, Atul Kataria Chowk, Cyber Park, Bakhtawar Chowk, South City, Mehrauli-Gurgaon road and Iffco Chowk, Police said.
Under the aegis of Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti, members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Kranti Dal, Swadeshi Jagran Manch, Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal, Hindu Jagran Manch, Bharat Bachao Abhiyan and Gurugram Sanskritik Gaurav Samiti arrived at several spots to disrupt the Friday prayers, according to reports.
As per Hindustan Times news report, the outfits claimed that they will continue to ‘disrupt’ namaz congregations in the open if the authorities do not take action against the ‘unauthorised’ prayer meets.
What happened on Friday had been building up for a month. On April 6, a group of men from Wazirabad village opposed prayers at a ground in Sector 43 and threatened the congregation.
There are 22 mosques in Gurugram and about 106 open spaces where namaz is offered.