The youths were part of the same group that had allegedly recited the “Hanuman Chalisa” in Govardhan’s Eidgah in November last year, police said
AGRA: A group of anti-social elements entered a mosque in Mathura’s Bada Bazar area in Govardhan on Monday and allegedly raised slogans of “Jai Shri Ram” apart from damaging some loudspeakers. The episode took place during the lockdown in the district. An FIR has been registered against eight people.
A video of the incident has gone viral on social media. In the video, a few youths can be seen coming down the stairs of Jama Masjid.
Mohammad Riyaz, mosque’s imam who was present at the time, said the youths told him that they had come to remove the loudspeakers from the mosque. However, he said, he failed to understand why they were doing so.
Mohammad Qadri, who lives in the neighbourhood, said some anti-social elements entered the mosque, chanting “Jai Shri Ram”. “When I questioned them, they said they have been ‘ordered’ from the top that no ‘azaan’ be allowed from here,” he alleged.
“I have been staying here for the past 65 years and have never seen such anti-religious activity. They wanted to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere of the town.”
Quoting Riyaz, police said the youths allegedly threatened him before going upstairs for removing the wires of the loudspeakers. They also damaged some of the equipment. The youths were part of the same group that had allegedly recited the “Hanuman Chalisa” in Govardhan’s Eidgah in November last year, police said.
Shrish Chandra, superintendent of police (rural), told TOI that the incident took place around 11 am. On the basis of a complaint lodged by the mosque’s imam, an FIR had been registered against eight people under IPC sections 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) and for violating lockdown orders. He added that they would soon be arrested.