New Delhi: In a shockingfirst, authorities today started watering the ground in Noida Parks just before the Friday prayers. The incident was reported from a public park in Noida Sector 58 where mostly Muslim employees working in different MNC’s offer the congregational Friday prayers.
An employee wishing not to be named who offers Namaz in the same park said “Friday prayers were being offered in the said park in Sector 58 since 2013 and there are no reasons to suddenly stop it”
Earlier the Uttar Pradesh Police had ordered offices and establishments to direct their Muslim employees to stop offering Friday prayers in open areas such as parks.
According to a notice issued last week by police stations in Noida, including at the Sector 58 industrial hub, companies will be held liable if their employees are found violating the directive.
It is learnt that companies in the area have sought a meeting with senior Noida police officers for clarification on the matter, particularly on the clause that threatens to hold them liable for violations of the order by employees.
Executives of some of the companies who have been served the notices said there is widespread concern among units in sectors other than where the notices have already been served. It has also sparked worries that the ambit of the directive could be widened to include other areas in the National Capital Region township. Sector 58 is predominantly an IT and services hub.
The Noida Police has defended the move citing concerns that communal harmony could be disturbed, especially in the run-up to the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2019.