New Delhi, May 8: A day after chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar stated that Namaz should not be offered at public spaces, the Haryana Waqf Board asked the administration in Gurgaon to remove encroachments from its lands near mosques so that people can offer prayers. In a letter to the district administration, the state’s waqf board said that  Muslims in the area face shortage of mosques to offer Namaz. They earmarked 22 lands in Gurgaon belonging to mosques which have allegedly been encroached. Also Read - Gurugram Shuts All Theatres, Malls, Weekly Bazaars, Gyms Till March 31 in View of COVID-19 in India

“Waqf Board has written a letter to Gurgaon district administration with the lists of encroached land near mosques and asked the officers concerned to remove encroachment so that the Muslim people can use it for offering namaz (prayer),”Jalaluddin, a Haryana Waqf Board officer said. Also Read - Coronavirus: Haryana Govt Employees Will Not Mark Biometric Attendance Till March 31

Earlier on Sunday, CM Khattar had said that one should read Namaz in mosques and Eidgahs instead of public places. Also Read - Italy-returned Paytm Employee Tests Positive For Coronavirus in Gurugram, Undergoing Treatment

While speaking to journalists in Chandigarh over the recent Gurugram incident, where right-wing outfits prevented Muslims from offering namaz in public spaces, Khattar said,” Namaz should be offered mosque and Eidgah. If there is shortage of place for Namaz, then it should be offered at personal place. These are not such issues which should be displayed at public places. (Hamara kahna hai ki jo namaj padane ke satahn hain…namaz padni hi chahiye, namaj masjid me padni chahiye, namaj Eidgah me padni chahiye aur namaj padane ka unka sathan kam padta hai to apane niji sathan par padani chahiye. Ye aese visay nahi hai jinka sarvajanhik sathano par pardarshan ho).”

Earlier on May 4, newly-launched right-wing organisation Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti disrupted Friday ‘Namaz’ at 10 places in Gurugram including Atul Kataria Chowk, Sikanderpur, Cyber Park Sector 40, Wazirabad and Mehrauli-Gurgaon road and IFFCO Chowk.