A 37-year-old truck driver found himself in legal trouble after being arrested for allegedly offering namaz on the side of a busy road without permission in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district. The arrest took place on Saturday, January 13, following the emergence of a video on social media showing the driver praying in front of his parked truck at a busy crossroads near Palanpur city.
According to an official from the Palanpur (West) police station, the accused, identified as Khan, halted his truck at the crossroads along a highway on Friday, January 12, to perform the religious ritual. The video circulated on social media, leading to the registration of a case against the truck driver.
The first information report (FIR) filed against Khan includes charges under sections 283 (danger in a public way), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharging duties), and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The police officer stated that the allegations pertain to the accused creating a hazard in a public space, obstructing public servants, and disobedience to orders issued by public servants.
Local authorities took swift action, and Khan was placed under arrest on January 13. The incident has sparked discussions on social media, with opinions divided on the appropriateness of the arrest for a seemingly religious act. Some argue that public spaces should not be used for religious practices without proper authorization, while others express concern about the potential infringement on individuals’ right to practice their religion.
As the legal proceedings unfold, the case has ignited debates around the balance between religious freedom and public order in a diverse society like India. Authorities are expected to investigate further and present the case before the court for a comprehensive judgment.
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