After namaz row in Gurugram, new controversy on Idgah land | All Tech Sir

The under-construction guardroom was demolished by unidentified people.

The under-construction guardroom was demolished by unidentified individuals. | Picture Credit score: ASHOK KUMAR

Development on a website for an Idgah allotted to the Haryana Waqf Board in Sector 23A was stopped after protests and vandalism. The land measuring 2.5 hectares was allotted by the Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP), the State’s city growth company, in December final yr. Nonetheless, protests by locals, a resident welfare affiliation (RWA) and Hindu outfits searching for its cancellation, sparked a contemporary controversy.

Each side – the Haryana Waqf Board and the native Hindu-backed outfits – met the Deputy Commissioner individually final month. Subsequently, the 2 entries within the plot have been closed.

Hindu majoritarian outfits and RWAs have been periodically protesting towards Friday namaz in open areas in Gurugram for the previous few years. As of 2018, the variety of open areas the place congregational namaz could be provided has shrunk from 116 to 6.

The land, adjoining to a Hindu cremation floor and a non-public college, was allotted to the Haryana Waqf Board after a nine-year authorized battle in alternate for about 20 kanals (2.5 hectares) of land acquired by the HSVP in Chauma village in 2013.

The board began the development of the guardroom and boundary wall in Sector 23A after it obtained a possession letter from the company on December 21, 2022, and made the demarcation. Congregational Friday namaz and public Id prayers are held there.

Nonetheless, bother began when 10 to fifteen locals and a few members of Hindu outfits reached the positioning on December 29, 2022 and tried to cease the development. Jamaluddin, Property Officer of the Haryana Waqf Board in Gurugram, mentioned the matter was reported to the police and a written grievance was submitted. Nonetheless, the police are nonetheless registering a primary data report (FIR). A day later, the under-construction guardroom was demolished by unidentified individuals.

On January 6, Mr. Jamaluddin wrote to Vikas Dhanda, the Property Officer-I, HSVP, saying that the land can be used just for the Idgah and mosque to supply namaz. He requested to cease pointless interference by RWA and others.

“At the moment the Waqf Board is planning to construct a ten toes excessive boundary wall, a guard room, and a warehouse on the website. It’s going to solely be used for the aim of providing prayers,” mentioned Mr. Jamaluddin. He added that the positioning would cater to a lot of Muslims staying on hire within the surrounding areas working in factories and retailers. “There are rumors that it is going to be used for a cemetery, however they’re unfounded,” he mentioned.

Main the protests, former Gurgram Bar Council president Kulbhushan Bhardwaj mentioned that building of Idgah and masjid won’t be allowed on the positioning at any value. “The district administration verbally knowledgeable us that the allotment has been cancelled. If it isn’t so, we’re able to go to any extent to cease the development,” mentioned Mr. Bhardwaj.

Residents of Carterpuri, Om Vihar and Dharam Colony villages — all a part of Gurugram’s Sector 23A — demanded the cancellation of the allotment in a joint memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner. They contended that the land was earlier earmarked for a hospital and was apparently earmarked for the Idgah in connivance with Waqf Board officers. The memorandum mentioned that the realm had a small Muslim inhabitants, and the distribution can be canceled for the sake of peace and concord within the space.

Mr. Dhanda mentioned The Hindu that the HSVP has written to larger authorities in Chandigarh searching for clarification on the land use for the plot and to dispel rumors that the land will likely be used as a cemetery. He additionally clarified that the land isn’t for a hospital, and there’s a separate five-acre plot earmarked for a hospital within the space.

Mufti Mohammad Saleem Qasmi, president of the Gurugram chapter of Jamiat-Ulama-i-Hind, a socio-religious group based in 1919, mentioned the administration ought to oversee building work on the website. He demanded that authorized motion be taken towards those that vandalized the positioning, and that the administration not be a “mute spectator” within the matter.

“Now we have utilized thrice for allotment of spiritual locations beneath the federal government scheme, however we’ve got not been allotted the land regardless of not having sufficient mosques to accommodate the rising Muslim inhabitants. Right now, we’re not allowed to construct Idgah and masjid on the land owned by the Waqf Board. It’s time for the administration to behave decisively,” mentioned Mr. Qasmi.

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