On an early Tuesday morning, Uttar Pradesh woke up to something it might never have even dreamt of.
15 people, 2 police personnel injured and 4 vehicles were damaged after the UP Police resorted to lathi-charge on nearly 600 protesters who were demonstrating for the opening of Hajj house for public use.
Additional district magistrate, Preety Jaiswal said, “It is the Haj Committee at Lucknow that controls and maintains the building. They were knocking at the wrong door”
The lathi-charge did not go down well with the protesters and stone pelting and violence started from the other side which only resulted into making the situation worse. This issue gained weight on Monday when district Congress committee started a sit-down protest with a large group of Muslim people to open the newly-constructed Ala Hazrat Hajj house situated in Ghaziabad.
The Hajj house was built during Samajwadi Party regime in UP and was inaugurated by Akhilesh Yadav last September.
Naseem Khan from Congress attacked the state government and termed it as “playing with the faith of country’s Muslims.”
Moreover, the Muslim community members also performed Namaz outside the locked Hajj house and demanded a proper use of the facility. The problem becomes graver if looked in the context of currently ongoing Hajj pilgrimage. Keeping the same in mind, Muslim Maha Sabha has written to state’s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath requesting him to open the Hajj house as Hajj pilgrims from western Uttar Pradesh are facing a lot of problems.
Mahasabha president Imran Khan also met the city magistrate last week to hand out a memorandum to the Chief Minister in the same regard. Imran Khan said that if UP government does not want it (Hajj house) to be used by pilgrims, any institute or school must be started in the premises.
The protest at the Hajj house on Monday was also followed by the Peace Party.
The Hajj house is caught up in the litigation of National Green Tribunal as it is situated on the bank of Hindon river, which has been objected by Ghaziabad residents. Police claimed that situation is under control. Reportedly, one constable has been injured but the count of injured protesters is yet to be confirmed.
However, the Police have registered FIR against 200 unnamed people along with Naseem Khan, Pooja Chaddha, Monu Valmiki and Sameer Ali of Congress minority cell.