Why not implement such a rule all over the country ? Is it appropriate to offer Namaz on roads at other places ? How is a ban imposed immediately when a religious deed is performed by Hindus on roads ?
Aligarh (UP) – The Aligarh administration has banned religious activities on roads after some organisations started reciting Hanuman Chalisa and performing Maha-arati on the streets every Tuesday and Saturday in response to Muslims offering Namaz on the roads.
Aligarh District Magistrate said that the ban was also applicable to offering namaz on roads, but exempted on certain occasions like Eid, when a large number of people gather. “I spoke to representatives of organisations that indulged in such activities in the recent past and told them about the sensitivity of the issue”, he said, adding that the law and order situation could be affected by such activities, especially since some city areas are communally sensitive.
BJP General Secretary in Aligarh city unit asked, “If one community can block roads for offering namaz, why can the Hindus not perform Maha-arati on roads ?” Hindus do not block roads, he claimed, adding that temples are available for them, but some time due to excessive crowds they spill on to the streets.
Hindu Mahasabha said on 27th July that if the order of the District Collector was not obeyed and namaz was offered on the road on Eid, it would be forced to read ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ on the road. The Spokesperson of Hindu Mahasabha for the State, Ashok Pandey warned Aligarh District Magistrate CB Singh.
He said, “An inquiry has been initiated into the use of loudspeakers installed on the temples. A similar inquiry should also be held in the case of loudspeakers installed on the mosques”.
After this protest, Muslims have started offering namaz on rooftops of buildings.