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|Agarthala: When a part of the country is being rocked by communal strife, Hindus and Muslims in a remote South Tripura village have pledged harmony by labouring to repair a dilapidated mosque of a sufi devotee.
Hindus and Muslims of Mirja village in Udaipur subdivision are toiling to rebuild the mosque, constructed about 40 years ago by a 'Darvesh' (sufi devotee), believed to have migrated from erstwhile East Pakistan and said to have miraculous healing powers.
After the "Darvesh’s" death in 1980, there was no one to look after the mosque but a poor Hindu couple, Gobinda Das and Sudhamani Das, who had until then assisted in its upkeep. Nature, however, soon started taking its toll reducing it to a derelict structure.
"We had taken it upon ourselves to look after the mosque, which we did for long. But it became difficult to maintain Fakir mama's mosque on our own," Sudhamani told a group of visiting journalists.
People revered the Sufi devotee for his miraculous powers. He was the hope for all who were in despair, the couple said.
Villagers of both communities still pray at the Darvesh's grave in the premises of the mosque. (PTI) q
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