The district administration on Thursday swung into action after some Hindu outfits threatened to hold round-the-clock prayers till Friday on a disputed Huda plot in Palam Vihar being used by a minority community for prayers.
To prevent communal flare up on the day of Eid, the district commissioner imposed Section 144 barring more than five people from assembling in the area. Leaving nothing to chance, the Huda took over the land and started laying sewage pipelines. The administration has deployed about 100 police personnel to prevent any untoward incident.
“We have deployed policemen who will be at the spot constantly. No extra force has been sought till now but if the situation becomes tense we might seek more personnel,” said Alok Mittal, commissioner of police, Gurgaon.
The administration, meanwhile, provided an alternative site of Choudhary Devi Lal Park for the minority community for prayers. “We were given a few options and we selected Choudhary Devi Lal park. We will deploy volunteers near the Huda plot to direct people towards the park,” said Dr MA Haq, member of Chauma Masjid Intejamia Committee.
On Thursday morning, Huda reclaimed the plot and put up its board after replacing the signboard put up by the committee.
“We are disappointed and heartbroken by the administration’s attitude. About 12,000 community members used to offer Eid prayers here. We have not been given a permanent alternative site. We were shocked that the step was taken after the CM himself had assured that the land would be de-notified and handed over to the Waqf Board,”said Naseem Ahmed, administrator, Haryana Waqf Board.