The Gurgaon administration on Thursday imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC within a 3-km radius of a 2.5-acre plot of land in Palam Vihar. The decision was taken after a high-level meeting between district officials and police.
The land, used as an open air mosque, has been caught in a dispute between Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and the Haryana Wakf Board. On Eid, hundreds of Muslims are expected to gather here to offer namaz. But a Hindu group — Samaj Sangarsh Samiti — has threatened that it will not allow namaz to be offered.
While more police personnel were deployed at the plot on Thursday, HUDA placed iron sewage pipes at the plot to deter people from gathering there.
“No one will be allowed to disturb the law and order situation. Police have been given strict orders that if five or more people gather at the plot, they would be arrested,” Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner Ashish Vidyarthi said.
The Haryana Wakf Board had earlier alleged that the land was taken over from them by HUDA without serving them a notice. However, a senior HUDA official had said the records mentioned that the land belonged to the civic agency.
“According to the records, the 2.5-acre land was transferred to HUDA in 2007 and the process of transfer began in 2004. The controversy over the land is between HUDA and the Haryana Wakf Board. This needs to be solved either through the court or mutual agreement. The administration is just making sure that there is no communal disharmony. The Hindu group has also withdrawn their statement after the administration took a decision on the land,” Vidhyarthi said.
The Hindu Samaj Sangarsh Samiti spokesperson confirmed that since the administration had taken up the issue, they have retracted from their statement of “not allowing Muslims to offer prayer on the land on the occasion of Eid”.
But, the prohibitory orders have left the Haryana Wakf Board and Muslims in the area fuming. A meeting between a Muslim delegation from the area and the DC on Thursday evening witnessed heated exchanges, a Waqf official said.
Naseem Ahmed, Haryana Wakf Board administrator, said: “The decision is a bolt from the blue. We will approach the administration and the state government.”
While the Wakf Board maintained it was not its responsibility to find prayer venues in Gurgaon, the DC said if an official request was made to him for a alternative venue to offer