Police detained several Hindu Mahasabha functionaries on Saturday after they gathered outside Lucknow’s Lulu Mall and staged a protest over the ongoing namaz video row.
Hindu Mahasabha activists protest outside Lulu Mall, Lucknow, on Saturday (India Today photo)
Police detained several Hindu Mahasabha functionaries on Saturday after they gathered outside Lulu Mall in Lucknow and staged a protest.
Brandishing saffron flags and raising slogans, the demonstrators were met with heavy police deployment and barricading outside the mall premises. They were all taken into custody.
This comes a day after four people were arrested for reciting the Sundar Kand outside the entrance gate of Lulu Mall. They were sent to judicial custody for violating Section 144.
The Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha has been protesting after a viral video showed a group of men offering namaz inside the recently opened mall. The right-wing outfit had also sought permission from local authorities to recite Hanuman Chalisa near the mall on Friday, but their request was turned down.
Hindu Mahasabha’s national spokesperson, Shishir Chaturvedi, earlier said, “People offered namaz sitting on the floor in Lulu Mall, this video proves that government orders were violated in the mall. The government has directed that namaz cannot be offered in public spaces.”
After the video surfaced on social media, a case was registered on a complaint by Lulu Mall representatives. Several unidentified people have been booked on charges of promoting enmity between different groups and intending to outrage religious feelings.
The mall authorities also put up notices across the property on Friday declaring, “No religious prayers will be permitted in the mall.”
The Lulu Mall in Lucknow was inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday and has been opened by Abu Dhabi-based Lulu Group, led by Indian-origin billionaire Yussuf Ali M A.
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