25 January 2023: A 2.5-acre (10,8900 square foot) land belongs to Haryana Waqf Board, has been vandalized by Hindutva activists and sealed by the authorities.

Hindutva outfits and Resident Welfare Association (RWA) have been sporadically protesting against Friday namaz in open spaces in Gurugram from 2018, and open spaces where congregational namaz could be offered have shrunk from 116 to six.

Recently, the trouble began when Wakf board started to build boundary wall to the Idgah place. Hindu outfit members reached the site on December 29, 2022 and tried to stop the construction.

Jamaluddin, Estate Officer of Haryana Waqf Board in Gurugram, said the matter was reported to the police and a written complaint was submitted. However, the police were yet to register the complaint, and the under-construction guardroom was demolished by unidentified people.

The former Gurugram Bar Council president Kulbhushan Bhardwaj said the construction of Idgah and masjid would not be allowed at the site at any cost. “The district administration has orally informed us that the allotment has been cancelled. If it is not so then we are prepared to go to any extent to stop the construction,” Mr. Bhardwaj said.

Despite complaints being filed with the police, no action has been taken to address the issue and the Idgah land is vandalized and challenged by Hindutva groups.

This incident highlights ongoing tensions and the potential for further conflicts in the area.

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Source:  The Hindu

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