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Muslim leaders meet Gurugram deputy commissioner over mosque loudspeaker row

Source: Hindustan Times

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A group of Muslims met deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh on Thursday, police said a day after a group of Hindus from the area had approached the police to protest against the use of loud speakers at a local mosque.

Haji Shehzad Khan, chairman of Muslim Ekta Manch, said that they met the deputy commissioner on Thursday over the issue and also filed a police complaint about a group of Hindus raising slogans outside the mosque on Wednesday night.

Narender Kumar, station house officer of Sector 5 police station, confirmed that he has received the complaint. “We will inquire into the complaint tomorrow (Friday),” he said.

Residents said a group of around 40 men allegedly raised “Jai Shri Ram” slogans outside the mosque in Sheetla Mata Colony, though the police arrived within minutes and dispersed the crowd.

Thirty-nine-year-old MD Mustakeen, the imam of the mosque, said, “I was inside the mosque with my wife and three children. On hearing the voices, I got scared and locked the gate from inside.”

Another resident, Shiv Singh (23), said that including him more than 100 residents had gone to the Sector 5 police station to complain against the mosque on Wednesday evening. They also asked the police to seal the place stating that it was “illegal”, said BP Singh (52), a resident of the area and one of the complainants.

“As we did not find any solution by 9pm, around 40 of us, on 15 motorcycles, left the police station and came here (at the mosque) and raised a few slogans and went home,” Shiv said.

The deputy commissioner did not respond to multiple calls from the Hindustan Times for comment on the matter.

Assistant commissioner of police Shamsher Singh said, “A group of Muslims met the deputy commissioner on the mosque issue today (Thursday).”