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Gurugram residents started singing bhajans to counter namaz in open

Gurgaon Namaz row; 'If we pray here next week, something could happen'
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Ground Report | New Delhi: Gurugram residents namaz in open; For the fourth consecutive week on Friday, a group of people living there objected to offering prayers in the open in Sector 47, Gurgaon, Haryana, even as the police moved the place of prayer 100 meters away from its original place.

Gurugram residents namaz in open

According to the Indian Express report, the prayers were offered amid heavy police deployment while 70-80 people were marching towards the place of prayer with placards in their hands and shouting slogans. However, the police stopped them by forming a security cordon.

The police had earlier asked members of the Muslim community to reach the site from the Subhash Chowk side to avoid confrontation. Sadar ACP Aman Yadav said, “Prayers were done peacefully. In the last week, we have had meetings with representatives of both the communities and we are working towards resolving the issue.”

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Some residents alleged that worshipers at the prayer site were coming from far-flung sectors such as Sector 7 and 8 to “create trouble”. “The police should check their ID cards.

They are outsiders, they have options in their area as well, where they can go to pray. We have no problem in offering Namaz to them. We are ready to open our community center for them. But, they are here to occupy the land,” claimed Anil Yadav, president of Sector 45 RWA, Time of India reported.

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“We want the vacant plot to be converted into a market for the convenience of the public,” said a woman among the protesters.

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attempt to gain political mileage

Members of the Muslim community termed the protest an “attempt to gain political mileage” by some. “Not all those protesting are residents. Political people are also involved. You are not using religion as a tool to obstruct the prayers of other communities,” said Altaf Ahmed, co-founder of Gurugram Nagrik Ekta Manch. can do.”

Alleging constant “oppression” of the community, Ahmed said some people were trying to “instill fear among us”.

Earlier, the police had asked members of the Muslim community to reach the spot on behalf of Subhash Chowk to avoid confrontation. Sadar ACP Aman Yadav said that the prayers were offered peacefully.

religious songs and bhajans

In the last week, we have had meetings with representatives of both communities and we are working towards resolving the issue. However, around 12.40 pm a group of residents gathered near the prayer place and used mics and portable speakers. Along with singing religious songs and hymns.

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The place of Sector 47 is one of the 37 identified places where open prayers can be offered. Earlier this month, in a letter to the police commissioner, the Gurgaon Nagrik Ekta Manch (GNEM), a civic forum, claimed that prayer places in three areas have been closed in the past few months.

“The protesters have been protesting against open namaz for a month. Residents want the site to turn into a marketplace. Another meeting is scheduled next week and we hope to reach an agreement then,” said ACP Aman Yadav.

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