GURUGRAM — The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) sealed a multi-storey mosque in the Sheetla Mata Colony reportedly as part of its sealing drive against illegal structures on Wednesday.
Members of the Muslim community of the colony are in grief and gathered outside the mosque in large numbers as the news spread and accused the administration of acting under pressure.
The Hindu outfits in the city had objected to the use of loudspeakers at the mosque a week ago saying that it caused inconvenience to the residents. A resident of the area said that the loudspeakers were removed by the mosque committee soon after the objection was raised by the locals a week ago.
The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) sealed10 other structures also falling within the restricted area of 300 meters radius of ammunition depot near the Maruti Suzuki Gurugram plant here, it is reported.
Muslim community members, however, do not accept the reason given for the sealing of the mosque and said it was pick-and-choose as fresh illegal construction was going on all around in the area, but MCG chose to seal a four-year-old structure.
Hazi Shehzad Khan, Chairman of Muslim Ekta Manch, told IANS: “We bought the 87 square metre plot four years ago and completed the construction two years ago. Our community has been offering namaz for a long time but now some people are opposing it.”
Khan said the plot was purchased in the name of Manch member Shamshad Khan.
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“Our people are seated outside the sealed Masjid. We have warned the district administration that we will take the extreme step if the building was not unsealed soon,” he said, hinting at suicide.
A Municipal official said they had been acting against illegal constructions time to time.
Friday Prayers disrupted in BJP-ruled Haryana in recent months
Earlier, in May, Gurugram has been in the news for the disruption of Friday prayers by Right-wing organisations. Muslims used to offer Friday prayers at several places in open fields since long due to shortage of mosques in Gurugram.
Under the aegis of Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti, members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Kranti Dal, Swadeshi Jagran Manch, Shiv Sena, Bajrang Dal, Hindu Jagran Manch, Bharat Bachao Abhiyan and Gurugram Sanskritik Gaurav Samiti arrived at several spots to disrupt the Friday prayers, according to media reports.
There are 22 mosques in Gurugram and about 106 open spaces where namaz is offered.
(With inputs from IANS)