Chandigarh, May 7: Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij on Monday said that offering prayers at a place with the intention of seizing the land is wrong and will not be allowed in the state. His statement came in the backdrop on several instances of disruption of namaz by fringe right-wing groups in Gurugram. Also Read - Coronavirus: Gurugram Identifies Nine Containment Zones, Is Your Area Included? | Read List Here

“Occasionally if someone needs to offer the namaz, he has the religious freedom to do so. However, it is wrong to offer Namaz with an intention of seizing the land. It can’t be allowed,” Anil Vij told news agency ANI. Earlier, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that namaaz should be restricted to mosques and not open spaces. Also Read - Haryana Govt Launches Helpline Number For Students to Overcome Stress During Lockdown

Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday backed the members of right-wing Hindu groups, who allegedly prevented people from offering namaz at open spaces in Gurugram. He said that there was a considerable rise in people offering namaz in open, which should be read in Mosques or Idgahs. Also Read - Youths in Haryana's Panchkula Misbehave with Women Health Workers, Attempt to Drag Lady Cop Inside House

“Our point of view is that Namaz should be offered in the precincts of religious places like mosques and Eidgahs, and if there is a shortage of place for offering Namaz, it should be done at private places,” Khattar said.

However, the Chief Minister later issued a clarification and said, “I haven’t spoken about stopping anyone. Maintaining law and order is the duty of the police and the administration.” Right-wing Hindu groups visited at least six places in the city where namaz was offered every Friday and allegedly prevented people from doing so.

The disruptions were caused allegedly by members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the Bajrang Dal, the Hindu Kranti Dal, the Gau Rakshak Dal and the Shiv Sena. They have been trying to “disrupt” Friday prayers in Gurgaon over the last two weeks alleging that some people were trying to grab land.