GURUGRAM (HARYANA): The continuous protest of local Muslims against the sealing of their mosque forced the civic administration to de-seal the three-storey religious structure on Friday. The local community had accused the Gurugram Municipal Corporation (MCG) of acting with bias on the pressure of the Hindutva groups.
The MCG had sealed the mosque in the Sheetla Mata Colony reportedly as part of its sealing drive against illegal structures on Wednesday. However, the local Muslim community said that some local saffron groups had lodged complaint against the volume of Azaan or prayer call a week ago, following which the civic body sealed the mosque.
The sealing of the mosque on Wednesday had sent the Muslim community of the colony in shock and grief. They gathered outside the mosque in large numbers as the news spread and they accused the administration of acting under pressure.
Hazi Shehzad Khan, Chairman of Muslim Ekta Manch, had told news agency 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.”
He had warned the administration of extreme step if the mosque was not de-sealed.
“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.
The Divisional Commissioner, Gurugram ordered the de-sealing of the mosque on Friday.