UP Police Bans Offering Namaz In Public, Firms Will Be Liable For Staff Actions

| December 26 , 2018 , 13:26 IST

The Uttar Pradesh police's issued a notice to multinational companies in Noida in which they asked the firms to bar their employees from offering prayers in open public spaces, on Tuesday.

The notice issued by the Noida Sector-58 police station also warned the firms operating in the industrial park that they will be held liable for any violation by their Muslim employees who were seen offering namaz in open public spaces.

According to media reports, the notice said, "Namaz at the park in sector 58, which belonged to Noida authority, is not permitted... you (company officials) should tell this to your Muslim employees... the responsibility shall lie with you if namaz is offered there."

The notice insisted on permission from the government for any religious gathering at a public place citing a 2009 Supreme Court order.

The BJP defended the UP Police's order, while clerics have termed the move as unconstitutional.

The companies, which have sought a meeting with senior police officers for clarification, also plan to approach the court against the order.

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The further report informed the police said that the order had been put in place to ensure that communal harmony is not disturbed ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2019.

Muslim cleric and All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) member Khalid Rasheed Firangimahali slammed the ban and urged the police to reconsider their decision.

Samajwadi Party (SP) and Congress leaders also criticized the ban and said that it reflected the "anti-Muslim" attitude of the BJP government.