Okhla residents upset over Jangpura mosque demolition
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Okhla Times Reporter/Abul Fazal Enclave
Some residents of the Muslim-dominated Okhla region are upset over the demolition of Noor Masjid in south-east Delhi’s Jangpura-B Block area allegedly built on government land at around 6A.M on Wednesday by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in heavy police presence. Local MLA Md Asif Mohammed Khan and leaders of religious organizations have vowed to continue their protest. The issue may be discussed by imams on Friday prayer. Ahmed Bukhari claimed that the mosque was built on Waqf land and not on DDA land.
SQR Iliyas spokesperson for Jamat-e-Islami Hind said: “We have got the legal documents clearly stating that the Noor mosque was on Waqf land and it has been there for the last 200 years. It is not DDA’s property.” Rubbishing DDA’s claim, Khan said: “The mosque is on Waqf land and not DDA. Police should try to clear other encroachments of Waqf property rather than demolishing religious structures.”
However, the DDA has stuck to its earlier position. A leading national daily Times of India reported that the mosque was built in 2005 on the government land. Mangej Singh, deputy director (DDA), said: “The religious structure was built illegally on DDA land and was demolished after a committee approved it.” The demolition triggered protest by enraged Muslims. Leaders also joined them in their protest. Okhla MLA Khan, Jangpura MLA Tarvinder Singh Marwah, Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid, LJP MLA Shoib Iqbal and Seelampur MLA Matin Ahmed were on the spot to protest the DDA’s highhandedness. To control the unruly crowd, police used teargas shells. Some protesters, including the Khan sustained minor injuries, according to a source. MLA’s close aide said: “The police were ruthless. Even the media persons present there were not spared.”
JEIH is planning to take legal action to tackle the situation. Iliyas said: “We are planning to take legal action against DDA and the demolished mosque should be rebuilt soon”.
According to DDA, the demolition drive was undertaken to remove encroachment from a 6,065 square yard DDA plot. The demolition was completed in three hours, said an eyewitness. Some residents are not happy with the way the protest unfolded. Islamic scholar Waris Mazhari said: “Muslim leaders overreacted over the issue. First it is important to find out whether the mosque was built on illegal land or not. And even if they protested there was no need to block the main road. This is against the very spirit of Islam. Protest should have been peaceful.” However, he also criticized the government for not taking into confidence the community leaders.
Posted on 1.14.2011 at 9:2:6
This is ridiculous that the land was DDA. They have encroached all most all land of Wakf in Delhi and now the Govt. is demolishing our very religious places. We all should condemn and Govt. should re built the Masjid.
|S.Mohsin ali Shah|
Posted on 1.16.2011 at 22:27:57
ASA, The Congress as a Party and in governance is an expert in demolishing every thing which is meant/belonged to the minority community. It is a Party which believes in deceiving and fleecing the common man in the name of secularism/development.Never believe any of their leader.The VOTE BANK economy and hoisting idiotic schemes is the main policy of the Party.
|engr mazahir |
Posted on 1.16.2011 at 22:29:10
Really it is astonish how a holy place demolished, either land is DDA or waqf gov. should issue in 2005 while this mosque was constructed, its a voilation gov. should think before doing such a thing, hence we all should condemn and govt. should reconstruct the mosque as soon as possible.
Posted on 1.16.2011 at 22:30:12
True, most part of central and old delhi are Waqf properties, India has the largest Waqf in the world, and most of it in north India thanks to Aulia Allah, Mughals and pious Muslims who left their properties for the Almighty, Oberoi hotel, DPS School and many Govt buildings are on Waqf Land; proofs have been destroyed. I have heard from one senior cetizen that Maulana Abul Kalam Azad protested with Nehru on building on Waqf land , Nehru answered that \"More than Half of Delhi is Waqf Land, I Should then move my capital from here?\"