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Ghosiya Colony Rehabilitation Forum meets Delhi CM

New Delhi: DDA started demolishing houses in Ghosiya Colony Khasra No. 217 on 5 December and on 12 December they demolished the 400-year old Ghosiya Mosque leaving only a portion of its backside wall. Ever since they continue harassment of the residents and the demolition work continues by clearing hundreds of  graves in the local qabristan. When people protested, police lathi charged them, injuring many as well as arresting dozens of victims on 12 December including women and minors. On 18 December, a dharna was organized but no action taken. At present demolition has been stopped after a delegation met the Delhi chief minister Shiela Dixit on 21 December.  The residents put forward the following demands to the chief minister:
 
Uprooted residents at a protest meeting
 
This is all that remains of the historical Ghausia Masjid

1. The demolition of DDA which is continuing till date should stop with immediate effect. Provide temporary shelter for those living there since decades.
2. Rebuild the mosque and restore the graves immediately and provide assistance to offer prayers at the Mosque as it has been done for decades in the Ghosiya Mosque through the Delhi Wakf board.
3. A judicial enquiry to punish the personnel of DDA and Police department responsible for the demolition of Mosque and disrespect to the graves should be made.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 January 2013 on page no. 15

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