Dozens of Hindus detained for disrupting Muslim Friday prayer gatherings in India amid sectarian tensions — RT World News

According to officials, hundreds of Indian officers were deployed and dozens of right-wing Hindu protesters were arrested by Indian police on Friday. They had disrupted Muslim prayer meetings amid increasing sectarian tensions.

This unrest follows weeks of pressure from Hindus from Gurgaon in northern India, where they have been urging authorities not to allow Muslims to hold Friday prayers in public areas. 

Reports and footage from the scene show that Hindu nationalists demanded Muslims stop praying in the vicinity. 

Police were called to the scene to ensure peace. Around thirty protestors were taken into custody to prevent any further disturbances to religious activity.

“Everything is peaceful here. We detained those who came to disrupt Namaz. [daily prayers],”Anita Chaudhary of Gurgaon Sub Divisional Magistratrate stated, adding: “full protection will be given”To practice Muslims.

In Gurgaon, 37 public areas have been designated for Muslims as a result of mediation between local officials and their communities. also available
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This is the third week where Muslim’s daily prayers have been disrupted by protesters, despite regional officials calling for people to be allowed to pray at the designated sites.

The concerns about new waves of sectarian division in India comes amid criticism from opponents of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. Critics have accused Modi of persecuting the country’s Muslim population, something he has stringently denied while promising to protect equal rights for all religions.

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