The Hush Post|12:30 pm|1-min-read
On Friday, the Aligarh administration banned all the religious activities on roads after some right-wing groups started chanting aarti and Hanuman Chalisa on roads as revenge against Muslims offering namaz on streets.
CB Singh, District Magistrate, Aligarh said, “No religious activities will be allowed on roads without prior permission. I spoke to people involved in such activities and told them about the sensitivity of the issue. The law and order situation can get affected by such activities, especially in communally sensitive areas”. He further added that the ban is also applicable on offering namaz, except for on occasions like the festival of Eid.
While BJP general secretary, Manav Mahajan questioned the district administration’s decision. He said, “If one community can block the road for offering namaz, then why can’t the Hindus perform Maha Aarti on roads. However, Hindus do not block roads. He claimed, that there are several temples available for them, but some time due to excessive crowds they spill on to the streets.
Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali, the district administrator urged people to not politicize the issue.
“I would like to request everyone to not to make an issue out of it. Also, people from the Muslim community should try to offer namaz inside the mosque. I would also like to request Hindu brothers that aarti and Hanuman Chalisa are sacred. It should not be used for political interests. The Hindu-Muslim brotherhood, which has been going on for decades, must be preserved at all costs.