Mosque in Raj. was demolished due to greed: report
The Milli Gazette
Published Online: Jun 14, 2012
Print Issue: 16-30 June 2012
A fact-finding team led by President of Jaipur based Irada Society Prof. Mohammad Hasan has released its report which says that the mosque was demolished because of the greed mining and nexus between people involved in the mining business, corporate houses, some Congressmen and clergy directly or indirectly linked to the demolished mosque. The Rajasthan police have already arrested Dharmendra Gupta; director of the Bhilwara based Jindal Saw Limited and the chief and deputy of the Anjuman committee of the century old rooftop mosque. Jindal Saw Limited had bought the mosque from the Anjuman committee for Rs 65 lakh and got it demolished on 19 April to facilitate the mining business by making way for mining on the Tiranga Hills. Prof Hasan has raised valid points that the lease of the mosque was given in a dubious manner by ignoring the presence of the religious structure, archaeological importance including natural resources in the area. The fact finding report also doubts the intention behind the fatwa which was issued by a local imam, saying that structure of the demolished mosque was indeed a cluster of graves. The timing and the manner in which exchange of letters took place between Anjuman and the Waqf board just two days prior to the demolition has raised many doubts. The fact finding team has asked the Anjuman to act and work in accordance to the format of the Waqf and the provision laid down in Shariah. Prof Hasan has also written a letter to the collector of Bhilwara urging him to reconstruct the mosque and take immediate action against all those involved in the demolition of the historic mosque.
This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 June 2012 on page no. 15blog comments powered by Disqus