The Moradabad police have booked 26 Muslims for offering namaz in a house. The cops said they were praying without prior permission from local authorities and it was an “unlawful assembly.”
The complainant Chandra Pal Singh belongs to a right-wing Hindu group.
“Scores of people assembled at the house of two local villagers in Dulhepur village in Chhajlet area without any notice and offered prayers. They had been cautioned in the past not to indulge in such a practice at home, following objections from neighbours belonging to another community,” Superintendent of Police (rural), Moradabad, Sandeep Kumar Meena said to reporters.
“An FIR has been registered under IPC 505-2 (statement conducing to public mischief in an assembly engaged in the performance of religious worship) against 16 identified and 10 unidentified persons on the complaint of local Chandra Pal Singh. We are looking for those involved in the case,” Kumar said.
Reacting to the incident, AIMIM supremo and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi said: “Muslims in India can no longer offer Namaz even at home? Do I have to take permission from the government/police to offer prayers now? Narendra Modi should answer this. Till when Muslims be treated as second-class urbanites in the country?”
Owaisi went on to say: “The fundamentalism in the society has spread to such an extent that now even offering prayers in the homes of others hurts the “emotion” of the people.”