Muslims demand place for prayers

Around 2,000 people affiliated to All Islamic Jamath Organisation, a confederation of various Muslim outfits and political parties, laid siege to the Collectorate here on Monday, accusing the police of curtailing their rights to worship.

The protesters burnt an effigy to express displeasure over the stand of police, which they alleged as partisan towards some Hindu groups.

Prayer facility

They alleged that their attempt to put up a temporary prayer facility on a private land at Guruvayoorappan Nagar to offer Ramadan prayers was being disallowed. When contacted, City Police Commissioner Sanjay Mathur toldThe Hinduthat the district administration did not give permission for the temporary shed as it did not comply with the guidelines for setting up places of worship.

M.H. Jawahirullah, president of Manithaneya Makkal Katchi, citing a Uttar Pradesh High Court order, stated that permission of the district administration was not required for a place of worship on a private land.