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DDA to demarcate 14-acres graveyard

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New Delhi: Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has finally agreed to demarcate 14-acres Muslim graveyard land at Millennium Park. Demarcation work started on 23 May more than nine months after the National Commission for Minorities ordered the DDA to demarcate the graveyard land that it had usurped and surreptitiously included in the city’s Millennium Indraprastha Park.

After hearing the case on 1 August last year the NCM had ordered DDA to demarcate the land. The 14 acres land was given to the Management Committee of New Cemetery for Mohammedans by the President of India on 10 January 1964 but the DDA occupied it and erected the Millennium Indraprastha Park. The park spreading over 85 acres of land including the 14 acres of graveyard was built by DDA in 2004. Intizar Naeem, assistant secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, who was the first to raise the issue in 2011 with DDA and later petitioned to NCM, was present during the demarcation.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 June 2014 on page no. 13

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