Fresh row over namaz in Gurugram

Gurugram, Dec 17: A heated exchange of words took place over offering ‘namaz’ in the open here on Friday with right wing activists asking those who arrived for the prayers to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.

Several videos on the clash, which are said to be shot in Udyog Vihar, also show police arriving at the venue and holdings talks with the two groups.

“Why can’t you say it (Bharat Mata Ki Jai)? Do you live in Pakistan?” one of the persons is heard asking those who arrived for the prayers.

The administration and police have not issued any statement so far.

Meanwhile, namaz was offered in most places that the administration has earmarked for the purpose due to paucity of mosques in the city.

The Muslims, however, refrained from entering Sector 37 ground, where a Hindu religious event was already being held.

The ground in Sector 37 was earlier one of the 20 sites designated by the administration for performing the Friday prayers.

However, several rounds of clashes have previously broken out in the locality over the issue.

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