In response to complaints that individuals were performing namaz within the recently opened Lulu Mall in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, the mall’s management filed a police report and posted signs warning that “No religious prayers will be permitted in the mall” on Friday, according to news agency PTI.
In a previous statement, Sameer Verma, the general manager of Lulu Mall, stated that no prayers are permitted on the mall’s property.
“Lulu Mall respects all the religions and kind of worshipping is not permitted here. In this regard, we provide strict training to our staff to keep an eye on such incidents,” the mall manager added, according to ANI.
Three persons were arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police on Friday for attempting to recite Sundarkand inside Lulu Mall.
According to ANI, the three persons who were detained belonged to the Hindu Samaj Party and were detained at the mall’s entrance gate as they attempted to enter the structure.
According to the Lucknow police, a FIR has also been filed against unknown individuals for performing namaz inside the freshly opened Lulu Mall.
After a video supposedly showing a group of individuals reciting namaz at the mall appeared on social media, a debate broke out.
Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday inaugurated Lulu Mall in Lucknow, the largest shopping centre owned by the LuLu Group International.
At the opening ceremony were Yusuffali MA, chairman of the Lulu Group, Satish Mahana, speaker of the UP Legislative Assembly, and Dinesh Sharma, a former deputy chief minister. The Lulu Mall is a component of the project that was unveiled during the major investors’ meeting held in Lucknow in February 2018 and attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
It is the 235th and largest initiative of the Lulu Group. With a 22-lakh square foot footprint, the mega mall is predicted to employ 4,800 people directly and 10,000 people indirectly. There are 15 fine dining establishments and cafés in the mall, and a huge food court with 25 brand shops that can seat 1,600 people. The mall also has a dedicated shopping arena that carries the best jewellery, clothing and watch brands. The mall includes a dedicated 11-story parking lot covering 7 lakh square feet for more than 3,000 automobiles.