A patrolling team of the police was pelted with stones in a Muslim dominated area of Aligarh for objecting to gathering of around 25 people in a Mosque. The police men met with violent attack from the people in the mosque. Later, the cleric of the mosque and two other people were detained.
According to police, a group of 25 people was found offering ‘namaz’ at Takia mosque in Aligarh’s Banna Devi area by a patrolling team. When the policemen advised them to disperse and offer the prayers at their homes to maintain social distance, stones were hurled at them, an officer said.
Circle officer Pankaj Srivastava told TOI, “Two policemen were injured.”
This however is not the first such incident. Earlier In Kannauj, a group of namazis, who had gathered at a house in Qaziyan locality to offer Friday prayers defying lockdown norms, attacked and injured police and local intelligence unit personnel when they told the gathering to vacate the premises.
Also in Palia town of Lakhimpur district, some devotees misbehaved with cops when questioned about offering Friday prayers in groups at a mosque. On Wednesday, a sub-inspector and a police constable were injured after being attacked by a group of villagers in Muzaffarnagar.
Meanwhile cracking down on such incidents, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has now directed police to take strict action under the National Security Act, against those who target policemen and other officials.
The entire country is currently observing a 21 day long lockdown.