Web Desk: Indian police in Noida have written to at least 29 private firms in Noida in which they directed them not to allow their Muslim employees to offer Namaz at a local park, reported India Today.
On Tuesday, the administration said that unauthorised religious gatherings won’t be allowed at public places. Police said they had been receiving complaints that every Friday people assemble in the park and offer Namaz.
Senior superintendant of police Ajay Pal Sharma said that the local administration and the city magistrate had not given them permission to perform Namaz in the park, as it leads to chaotic situations in the area.
“But despite it the mob was gathering every Friday to perform Namaz. We then wrote a letter to some private firms and asked them not to send their employees to perform Namaz. We only requested them to convey the message to their employees,” said SSP Sharma.
Citing a Supreme Court order of 2009, officials said there is a clear ban on unauthorised use of public places for religious activities by all religions.
On Tuesday, district magistrate Brajesh Narain Singh and SSP Sharma told reporters that the police official concerned was only carrying out his responsibilities.
“We were receiving information that a mob gathers in the authority park. The assembling of any mob of any religion is prohibited as the local administration has not given any such permission. A plea was given to local administration and the concerned magistrate but no action has been taken as of now and they plea is pending. We only wanted to say that all kind of assembling is prohibited and this was not regarding any particular community,” said SSP Sharma
“”The police did what they could. We received the request that a mob wanted to perform Namaz but only administration can take any action in this respect. This is related to law and order situation and decision will be taken as per law. Order will be for all religions not for a particular community,” said local DM Singh.
On December 19, two people, Imam Nauman Akhtar and Adil Rasheed were arrested under Section 151 for violating law.