Two individuals have been arrested after they entered the Lulu Mall on Saturday and began reciting the Hanuman Chalisa, police mentioned.
Not less than 15 others have been detained for making a ruckus whereas attempting to enter the shopping center.
Confirming the event, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Gopal Krishna Choudhary mentioned, “Two individuals entered the mall, sat on the ground and began saying spiritual prayers. They have been arrested after being handed over to the police by the mall’s safety workers.” Shortly after the duo have been held, members of a right-wing group tried to enter the mall. They too have been detained by police and launched with a warning to not create a ruckus.
This comes after police lodged an FIR beneath sections 153A (selling enmity between completely different teams) and 295A (deliberate act meant to outrage spiritual emotions) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) towards a bunch of unidentified individuals who allegedly supplied namaz on the mall lately.
An issue broke out after a video purportedly exhibiting a bunch of individuals providing namaz on the mall surfaced on social media.
A right-wing outfit had objected to individuals providing namaz contained in the mall and sought permission from the authorities involved to recite the Hanuman Chalisa there, which was declined.
The case was registered on a criticism from the representatives of the mall, who claimed that these seen within the video weren’t their workers members.
The mall authorities additionally put up notices throughout the property on Friday, declaring “no spiritual prayers will probably be permitted within the mall”.
The mall was inaugurated by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on July 10. It has been opened by the Abu Dhabi-based Lulu Group, led by Indian-origin billionaire Yussuf Ali M A.
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