On the fierce protests of Muslims in some parts of the country, Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari said that in a democratic country, everyone has the right to protest for their demand, but after permission from the administration. Stone pelting took place in some cities. People should consider this before protesting. We should avoid stone pelting and these things.

Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari told a news channel about the protest near Jama Masjid in Delhi that “Whatever happened, it happened suddenly, no one knew. The number of people who came to offer Namaz in Jama Masjid was very less. People told that there will be a maximum of 50 people. He came out after offering Namaz at Jama Masjid and took out some papers from his pocket. Taking those papers in their hands, they started shouting slogans. I cannot say who they were, where did they come from and with whom they were related.

It all happened suddenly but since last night its rumors were spreading. People told that it was going on on social media as well to keep it closed. Different types of things were on social media. Some people came to me, they wanted to close the market too. I explained to them that the situation is not good, it will not be appropriate that the markets should be closed. He agreed.”

He said that “people who came out of Jama Masjid raised slogans for 15-20 minutes and after that they left. But I cannot say which party he belonged to, who he was. A channel ran the news that he belonged to such a party. This news was spread to spread misunderstanding amongst themselves.

Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari said that “Resentment is in the whole country. Anger has its place, but where there is a demonstration, it is necessary to take permission from the administration. The police will tell whether there can be a demonstration or not. In a democratic country, everyone has the right to protest for their demand, but after taking permission from the administration. Here in Delhi no one took any permission nor did we have any information. PLC/GT

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