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Namaz okay at public places if no one objects, says Khattar after Gurugram prayer disruptions

Tension had been simmering in Gurugram over the past few weeks with right wing supporters targeting Muslims, insisting that namaz should not be offered in public places.

india Updated: May 06, 2018 22:19 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar during a press conference in Gurugram.
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar during a press conference in Gurugram. (Sanjeev Verma/HT File Photo)

Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has said namaz should “ideally” be offered in mosques or at one’s home, reacting after right wing protesters allegedly disrupted prayers by Muslims in 10 public places in Gurgaon on Friday.

“There has been an increase in occurrence of namaz being offered at public places. It is fine till no one objects. But ideally namaz should be offered in the precincts of a religious place or at one’s home,” said Khattar in Chandigarh on Sunday before leaving for a ten-day visit to Israel and the United Kingdom.

Khattar said his government would maintain law and order, remarks in the wake of demands by Hindu groups who have said they will continue their protest if “unauthorised” prayers in public places isn’t stopped.

Security forces fanned out in Gurgaon on Friday after members of a group called ‘Hindu Sanyukt Sangarsh Samiti’ staged protests and claimed that Muslim worshippers did not have permission to offer prayers at roadsides, parks, and vacant government land in the city.

The Samiti comprises 12 Hindu groups, which include Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Shiv Sena, Hindu Jagran Manch and Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Kranti Dal.

First Published: May 06, 2018 13:48 IST