BAREILLY: Twenty-six people were booked for holding a “mass gathering to offer namaz” at a house without prior permission from local authorities and allegedly against the neighbours’ wishes at a village in Chhajlet area of Moradabad district.
Speaking to TOI, SP (rural), Moradabad, Sandeep Kumar Meena, said, “Scores of people assembled at the house of two local villagers on August 24 without any notice and offered prayers. They had been cautioned in the past not to indulge in encouraging such a practice at home, following objections from neighbours belonging to another community.”
The SP added: “An FIR has been registered under IPC 505-2 (statement conducing to public mischief in an assembly engaged in the performance of religious worship) against 16 identified and 10 unidentified persons on the complaint of local Chandra Pal Singh. We are looking for those involved in the case.”
Pictures of people purportedly praying inside the house in “large numbers” at Dulhepur village went viral on social media, following which, a few right-wing activists staged a protest and demanded police action.