Asaduddin Owaisi took on Uttar Pradesh Police after a notice was issued in Noida's Sector 58 which banned the offering of prayers in public places. The All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen Party chief asked the reasoning given for the order and questioned how offering prayers can disrupt peace and harmony.
Worth mention here the Noida Poice had issued an order directing the managers of industrial units and multi-national companies to put a ceiling on their employees from offering prayers in open public spaces in Sector 58, which 'caused hassle to the general public.
Owaisi lashed out against the order and accused the cops of targeting Muslims as saying, "UP Cops literally showered petals for Kanwariyas, but namaz once a week can mean “disrupting peace & harmony," he wrote on his twitter account on Wednesday. "
He further wrote, “This is telling Muslims: aap kuch bhi karlo, ghalti to aapki hi hogi (You can do whatever, the fault is yours). Also, by law, how does one hold an MNC liable for what their employees do in individual capacity?"
The notice issued had really warned that the firms would be held accountablity for any violation of this directive.
As predictable, it has led to a very big backlash with many accusing UP cops of unfairness and alleging that the order is issued order at Muslims who offer Namaz in open public spaces. It is a charge that has been rejected by SP Ajay Pal who told news agency ANI that the order was not meant for any 'particular religion.'