Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has advised Muslims to offer Namaz in Mosques and Eidgahs and not in open during a press conference yesterday.
In reply to a question on increasing tension in the NCR region due to performing Namaz in the public places, the Chief Minister said that directions have been issued to the officers concerned to take all precautionary measures in this regard. Some organisations have submitted complaints regarding people performing Namaz at public places. The Chief Minister said that he was of the view that Namaz should be performed at their place of religion like Mosques and Eidgahs. It should be avoided at public places for the convenience of all, he asserted.
CM Khattar said that the present state government has ensured proper law and order situation in the state so that the common citizen can live peacefully without any fear. At the same time, it has also been ensured that no criminal can escape after committing crime.
It is pertinent to mention here that some people under an umbrella body of 12 Hindutva groups tried to disrupt Namaz on Friday, May 4 at Gurugram, Haryana. According to a news article published in Hindustan Times on May 5, 2018 some right-wing Hindu outfits on Friday allegedly "disrupted" namaz at 10 locations in Gurugram and said they would continue their protest if the administration did not stop unauthorised prayers in public spaces. However, there was no outbreak of violence due to heavy presence of security forces, the police said.
The newspaper reported that the protesters, gathered under the aegis of 'Hindu Sanyukt Sangarsh Samiti' claiming that Muslim worshippers did not have permission to offer prayers at roadsides, parks, and vacant government land in the city.
The Samiti is a group consisting of Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Shiv Sena, Hindu Jagran Manch, Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Kranti Dal and some other local groups.