Communalists using force to prevent Eid prayer in Delhi’s Rohini area

By News Desk,

New Delhi: The Muslim residents of Rajapur village in Sector-9 of Rohini area in New Delhi have been peacefully offering Eid prayers at a local park for the last 10 years as there is no Eidgah in the area. But for the last few months communal elements have been threatening to prevent the Eid prayer at the park this year, and to intimidate the local Muslims a group of anti-social elements last night beat up Mohammad Fahim, president of the Organising Committee for Eid Namaz, and made a failed attempt to kidnap him.

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Delhi State Committee of CPI (ML) has strongly condemned the attempts by communal elements to prevent the Muslim residents of Rajapur village from offering Eid prayers at the local park. The outfit has demanded a high-level enquiry into the assault by communal forces on Mohammad Fahim. The group has announced to hold a protest march on September 16 against the communal elements opposing the Namaz in Sector-9 of Rohini.

Last night, some anti-social elements entered the house of Mohammad Fahim, assaulted him and attempted to forcibly abduct him from his home. The assailants fled because of the timely arrival of neighbours at the spot. Some of the assailants have, however, been identified. In protest against this attack, local people gheraoed the Prashant Vihar Police Station at night and demanded arrest of the assailants. “But the local police took no action all night long. This morning, a delegation of the CPI (ML) led by the State Secretary Sanjay Sharma met the local SHO and demanded the arrest of the elements conspiring to fan up communal tensions. The party has also demanded that the Delhi Government and administration make proper arrangements for namaz to be offered in the said park,” said the organization in a statement.

The local Muslim community has been offering namaz every year at the above-mentioned public park for the last 10 years. This year, some anti-social elements had, over the last few months, begun to spread the rumour that namaz will no longer be allowed in this park. When representatives of the Organizing Committee met the local Councilor (who is from the BJP) in this regard, he told them to secure a ‘recommendation’ from the very people who are creating communal tension by opposing the namaz!

“Following this a delegation of the CPI(ML) met with Mr. Atul Katiyar, DCP (Outer Delhi) to apprise him of the situation and appeal to him to make suitable arrangements to ensure that the namaz prayers can proceed peacefully. But the assault on Mohammad Fahim, President of the Organising Committee, within five days of this meeting, makes it clear that the administration is not at all serious towards curbing the communal elements.”

CPI(ML) and All India Students’ Association (AISA) have announced to hold a Peace March on 16 September at Rajapur village, Sector-9, Rohini. Party State Secretary Sanjay Sharma and AISA National General Secretary Ravi Rai have appealed to all democratic, progressive and peace-loving citizens to join the March.