May 26, 2024

Moon Desk: A First Information Report (FIR) has been registered against 100-200 Muslims for offering Eid prayers on the road in the Uttar Pradesh city of Meerut.

The FIR was lodged based on a complaint filed by Yogesh Kumar, a sub-inspector posted at Railway Road Police Station in the city. The FIR has been filed under sections 143 (Unlawful assembly), 186 (Obstructing public servant), 188 (Disobedience), 283 (Danger or obstruction in a public way), 341 (Wrongful restraint) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Yogesh Kumar stated in his complaint, “I was assigned the duty of UP Ramautar Singh at ShahiEidgah to ensure the safe completion of the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr. I was present there when Eid-ul-Fitrnamaz was offered at ShahiEidgah by the people of the Muslim community. Before offering namaz, some unknown persons sat on the roadside to offer namaz, whom I did not know.

It was removed peacefully by the SI, crime inspector, inspector in charge and higher officials, but as soon as the namaz started at around 07.45 in the morning, some unknown persons (namazis) in numbers of about 100-200 came out on the road and they sat on the roadside and offered Eid-ul-Fitr prayers on the road and the side of the road, while District Magistrate, Meerut, imposed Model Code of Conduct Section 144 CrPC for the safe conduct of the Lok Sabha elections.”

The complaint alleges that despite being instructed by the police and the imposition of Model Code of Conduct Section 144 CrPC by the District Magistrate, the individuals proceeded to offer namaz on the road, blocking traffic.

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