Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar statement has come amid the controversy over the ongoing Friday prayers in Gurugram. He has said that the practice of offering Namaz in the open will not be tolerated at all. Khattar’s statement came when once again, on December 10, some hardline Hinduist groups in different sectors of Gurugram stopped the people of the Muslim community from offering Namaz. Responding to the entire controversy, Manohar Lal Khattar told the media,
Manohar Lal Khattar Said this
“If someone offers Namaz, worships, recites at his place, then we have no problem in that. Temples, mosques, religious places are built only to go there and worship. Such a program should not be held in the open. The practice of offering Namaz has happened in the open. This will not be tolerated at all.”
According to the Indian Express report, in relation to this dispute, Khattar further said that he had told the police and the deputy commissioner that this dispute should be resolved. Khattar further said that talks are also being held with a community to solve this dispute. They said,
“The community representatives said they have many places where they should be approved. Waqf Board occupies many places. Discussions are on regarding how these places can be provided again to them. Or they can offer Namaz in their homes. Offering Namaz in the open and then all this controversy, we will not allow this controversy to continue.”
Khattar said that there would be a new discussion in this whole matter. We have withdrawn the approval given earlier. Everyone will get facilities. No one’s right will be taken away, and no one will be forced.
The uproar of radical groups
Earlier, hardline Hindutva organizations gathered outside Gurugram Sector 37 police station. This area was marked as an area to offer prayers for Friday. However, these people claimed that they had gathered to mourn the death of CDS General Bipin Rawat and other army officers killed in the helicopter crash. However, these groups raised religious fanatic slogans there.
Gurgaon: Locals and right wing groups have occupied the site outside sector 37 police station, where namaz is offered, and parked their cars and trucks there. They claim they have gathered here to mourn the demise of CDS and other defence personnel, who were killed in a crash. pic.twitter.com/1qqL7swy4y
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Even before this, these people had created such controversy. On the anniversary of the Mumbai attack, these groups performed a ‘havan’ at a place in Sector 37, which the administration marked for Namaz. Similarly, Govardhan Puja was conducted in Sector 12 A and bhajans were played on the speaker in Sector 47.
On December 10, these groups created controversy in Sector 37 and Sector 44 and Sector 29. According to the Indian Express report, those arrested for doing the same on October 29 also debated.