Muslim Cleric Allegedly Heckled, Forced to Chant Jai Shri Ram in Gurgaon, 2 Held
Two people were arrested after a Muslim cleric was allegedly threatened and forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in Gurugram on 22 October over conducting Friday namaz at a nearby locality every week. The attack comes while Friday prayers by Muslims have been facing disruptions and interruptions at several location in Gurugram for the past few weeks by locals and right-wing groups.
The alleged attack on the 40-year-old Imam Abdul Hasib Misbah took place around 11 pm in Sector 39 of Gurugram, the same day as Friday prayers were disrupted by protesters in the Sector 12 area against namaz being offered at an open space.
“I was returning home after some personal work. A few men followed me and threatened me with my life if namaz was held in Sector 40. I started walking away but one of them held my hand and asked me to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram.’… According to the FIR filed, which was accessed by The Quint, Misbah was threatened by one Deepak Saini and Akash against conducting Friday prayers in Sector 40. Misbah, in the FIR, also stated that he fears for his family and that the accused followed him to his house even after they let him go….