India bans non-locals from performing Friday prayers at mosque in Taj Mahal

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The Supreme Court of India has refused future entry of non-locals into the mosque at the Taj Mahal to perform Friday prayers.

According to Indian media on Monday, only locals, who are residents of the northern city of Agra, with an identification card will be allowed to perform prayers on Fridays "to ensure the security of the mosque at Taj Mahal."

The monument remains closed for tourists on Fridays.

The court’s move came in light following complaints that “outsiders” enter the Taj Mahal complex claiming to offer prayers.

The district officials requested to be informed if any outsider attempts to enter the mosque as they could affect the security of the monument.

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