Rumours of Muslims offering prayers at the Holy shrine of Badrinath on the occasion of Eid-al-Adha (Bakrid) are false, the Chamoli Police said in an official statement. Clearing the air over the rumours, Chamoli Superintendent of Police Yashwant Singh Chouhan appealed to all the citizens not to share any false information without verifying the facts.
“The rumours spread on social media regarding Muslims offering namaz at the Holy Badrinath shrine is absolutely false and misleading. The truth is that an organisation called Aasthapath is conducting construction work of a parking lot in Badrinath, where some workers who were Muslim offered namaz in a closed room without the use of loudspeakers. There was also no Maulvi present to lead the namaz, and all Muslims followed appropriate Covid protocols as well. The so-called allegations are being investigated and if they are found to have violated any norms, appropriate actions will be taken. I appeal to all citizens to not fall for social media rumours without knowing the truth and maintain communal harmony,” the Chamoli Police said in its statement.
Members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Bajrang Dal on Wednesday met Uttarakhand Cabinet Minister Satpal Maharaj to demand a probe into the allegations of Muslims offering namaz at the Badrinath Dham. Chamoli's SP Chauhan clarified that the Muslims followed all Covid-19 protocols such as wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing.