No Ramayan recital at Lucknow’s Lulu mall for now amid namaz row

The programme of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha to recite Sundar Kand in front of the Lulu mall in Lucknow was postponed on Friday after a meeting was held between police and officials of the mall. Police officials arrested two workers of the Hindu body when they were enroute mall to recite Sundar Kand.

Kiran Tiwari, wife of slain Hindu Samaj Party (HSP) chief Kamlesh Tiwari, was put under house arrest in Lalbagh when she was going to Lulu Mall to chant Sundar Kand. Kiran Tiwari is also the president of the Hindu Samaj party.

The Hindu organisation has sought strict action against people who offered namaz inside the mall and have given a week’s ultimatum for the same.

The Hindu had sought permission from the local authorities to recite Sundar Kand in front of the mall on Friday. The decision to postpone the event was taken by the Hindu body after Lulu Mall’s General Manager Samir Verma and police authorities had a meeting.

Police officials along with the General Manager of Lulu Mall, Samir Verma, reached the residence of national spokesperson of Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha Sishir Chaturvedi with a list of employees working in the mall.

Sishir Chaturvedi said, “The GM of Lulu Mall, Samir Verma, asked us to postpone the programme and Lucknow police officials were also present. We are not satisfied with the list of employees and we have demanded a probe.”

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Earlier in the day, the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha released yet another video of people offering namaz at the newly inaugurated LuLu mall in Lucknow.

Calling it LuLu Masjid, the Hindu Mahasabha’s national spokesperson, Shishir Chaturvedi said, “People from a particular community are being allowed to offer namaz inside the mall. The mall authorities should also allow Hindus and people from other communities to offer prayers.”

They sought permission to read Sundar Kand in front of Lucknow’s LuLu Mall after the namaz video went viral.

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A controversy erupted on Thursday after videos of a few people offering namaz inside the shopping arena of Lulu Mall surfaced on the internet. The Hindu Mahasabha raised an objection and asked all the Hindus to boycott the mall.

An FIR has been registered under sections 153A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion), 295A (Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage reli­gious feelings), 341 (Punishment for wrongful restraint) and other relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.

In an official statement, the Lulu Mall administration said, “Lulu Mall respects all regions. We don’t allow any kind of religious gatherings or prayers here. We train our floor staff and security staff to ensure that such incidents don’t happen. We want to make this mall a world-class mall and request everyone to help us realise this dream.”

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