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Six Muslims who were jailed for offering namaz in UP Lulu mall, get bail

Six Muslim men, who were arrested for offering namaz at Lulu Mall in Lucknow on 12 July, Uttar Pradesh, were given bail on Friday.

The men who were given bail were Mohammad Adil, Mohammad Sayeed, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Atif, Mohammad Rehan and Mohammad Luqman.

The bail conditions include a personal bond of Rs 20,000.

They were arrested based on an FIR registered by the police on the basis of a complaint by the mall authorities following a hate campaign against Muslims by Hindutva groups.

On 12 July, Hindutva handles and RSS mouthpiece Organiser Weekly shared a video of some persons offering namaz at the mall on social media. Following a hate campaign by Hindutva groups, the police filed a first information report on July 14 against unidentified persons under Indian Penal Code sections 153A(1) (promoting enmity between groups), 295A (acts intended to outrage religious feelings), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief).

Members of the Hindutva outfit Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha protested outside the gate of the mall on 14 July. They had demanded permission from the authorities to chant the Hanuman Chalisa near the mall.

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