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Waqf claims Humayun Tomb

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New Delhi: Delhi Waqf Board has claimed ownership of Delhi's Humayun's Tomb which has been declared a World Heritage Site and more than hundred other heritage properties including Masjid Quwwatul Islam in the Qutub Minar compound, Jama Masjid inside Kotla Firoz Shah, Qudsia Garden Masjid near Kashmiri Gate, Masjid Khairul Manazil at Mathura Road, Firoz Shah Tughlaq's Tomb near Hauz Khas, Arab Ki Sarai Masjid near Nizammudin, Maulana Jamali Kamali's Tomb in Mehrauli etc which,it says, in fact belong to Delhi Waqf Board but are under illegal possession of the ASI.

According to a senior Waqf Board official,the ASI came into existence much later but long before that Waqf Board records clearly show the different dates on which these properties were declared Waqf properties.

This information was given under Right to Information Act to Afroz A Sahil of Okhla Jamia Nagar who obtained more than a hundred pieces of information under this Act from different government departments including police departments and non-governmental organisations. However, a senior ASI official, K.K. Muhammad, head of ASI's Delhi circle rubbished this claim of Waqf Board, saying that all these are protected monuments under government laws and are under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) which is a government department.

It may be recalled in this connection that some years ago Shia Waqf Board had claimed Taj Mahal as its property because Mumtaz Mahal, in whose memory this world famous Tomb was built belonged to Shia community.
 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 November 2010 on page no. 20

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