Members of right-wing Hindu groups on Friday prevented namaz congregations at several open spaces in Gurgaon by asking the faithful who had gathered there to leave.
These groups visited at least six spots in the city where namaz is offered every Friday — a vacant plot in Sector 53, where six men had tried to disrupt a namaz congregation on April 20 and called for a ban on namaz gatherings in the open, Atul Kataria Chowk, Sikanderpur, IFFCO Chowk, MG Road and a plot near Cyber Park.
Wajid Khan, who heads the Nehru Yuva Sangathan Welfare Society Charitable Trust, said the faithful had agreed not to offer prayers at three places during a meeting with the police chief on Thursday. “We were asked not to offer prayers at 34 places, of which we agreed to three — the plot in Sector 53, at Sikanderpur and Atul Kataria Chowk, where namaz gatherings cause traffic congestion,” he said.
Members of Hindu groups prevented prayers at three places near Cyber Park, at a plot near Sahara Mall and another spot at IFFCO Chowk. Police personnel had been deployed at these spots. “At the spot near Sahara Mall, first the police did not let us offer namaz. When we finally reached an understanding with them, a group of men came and told us to leave. When a man tried to take a photo, they grabbed his phone and broke it,” Khan said. “Even at IFFCO Chowk, they chanted slogans and asked us to leave. We will meet the police chief tomorrow and discuss the issue,” he added.