Four people were arrested on Tuesday for offering namaz at Lulu Mall in Lucknow, and the Lucknow Police Commissionerate said there was wrong information about some of the arrests. The commissionerate has clarified the names of those arrested for namaz and recitation of Hanuman Chalisa amid fresh controversy after some falsely claimed that Hindu men were arrested for posing as Muslims.
Controversy over names of detainees
Sarij Nath Yogi, Krishna Kumar Pathak and Gaurav Goswami were arrested on July 15 for trying to chant Hanuman Chalisa inside the mall, the police clarified on Tuesday. On the same day, Arshad Ali, who was trying to offer Namaz inside the mall, was arrested. The police clarified that none of these persons were present in the viral video.
On July 12, 4 people were arrested for offering namaz as recorded in teh viral video. They are Mohammad Rehan of Lucknow, Atif Khan of Mohammadi in Lakhimpur Kheri District and two brothers, Mohammad Lokman Ali and Mohammad Noman Ali of Laharpur, Sitapur.
‘Stay safe‘Ayodhya’s Paramahansa Das’s video goes viral
Paramahamsa Das of Ayodhya was taken into preventive custody on Tuesday after people reached Lulu Mall to clean the area after offering Namaz on July 12. The video of the viewer asking the police personnel to keep a distance from him has gone viral.
“Because I was wearing saffron clothes, the police did not allow me to enter the mall,” Paramahans Das later alleged.
Adityanath’s strong message; A statement from Lulu Mall
Amidst the heated controversy, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday asked the Lucknow administration to take serious steps following which 4 arrests were made on Tuesday. “Lulu Mall, which runs commercial activities, has turned into a political hub. Unnecessary statements are being made by some. Protests are being organized to disrupt the flow of people visiting the mall,” the chief minister said.
Lulu Mall has made it clear that no religious activity is allowed inside the premises and has put up signboards indicating the same. Amidst controversy that most of the mall staff are Muslims as the mall is owned by an Indian-origin Muslim billionaire, the mall authorities issued a new statement and said that more than 80% of its staff are Hindus. “It is very unfortunate that some people are trying to target our organization for their own selfish reasons. Our workforce consists of local residents and people from UP and across the country. More than 80 percent of them are Hindus, the rest are Muslims, Christians and others. No one is allowed to conduct any religious activity in our institution.