Ban on offering prayers at public places in Noida sparked controversy with All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi questioning the intension of the Uttar Pradesh police.
“UP Cops literally showered petals for Kanwariyas, but namaz once a week can mean ‘disrupting peace & harmony’. This is telling Muslims: aap kuch bhi karlo, ghalti to aapki hi hogi. Also, by law, how does one hold an MNC liable for what their employees do in individual capacity?” tweeted Owaisi on Tuesday.
In Noida, an order issued by the police asking mostly multi-national companies to bar their employees from offering prayers in open public spaces in Sector 58 sparked controversy.
The notice issued specifically warned that the firms would be held responsible for any breach of this directive. Although Senior Superintendent of Police Ajay Pal clarified that the notice was not for any "particular religion", it was widely believed that the notice pointed to the namaz offered by Muslims in open public spaces, reported IANS.
In Sector 58 of Noida, at least a dozen companies have been served the notice by the concerned police station, said an official.