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India: Dozens of extremists arrested for obstructing Muslims from performing Friday prayers


Indian authorities have arrested dozens of people, most of whom belong to far-right groups, after they obstructed Muslims from performing Friday prayers.
This came according to what was reported by local media, quoting a number of officials.
Hindu groups have been pressing authorities for weeks in the northern city of Gurgaon outside New Delhi to prevent Muslims from performing Friday prayers in open spaces.
On Friday, the sources said the police reinforced their presence in the city and arrested at least 30 people while crowds of local residents and Hindu extremist groups chanted anti-Muslim slogans.
Critics accuse Prime Minister Bharatiya Janata Party of “persecuting minorities, including the country’s Muslim minority,” which exceeds 22 million people.
But Modi’s government rejects the accusation that it has a Hindu agenda and insists that Indians of all faiths have equal rights.
Haryana is dominated by the Bharatiya Janata Party, with its capital, Gurgaon, also called Gurugram.

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