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Waqf Bachao Tahreek formed in Delhi

New Delhi, 6 January 2013: A “Waqf Bachao Tahreek” was formed here during a meeting of concerned milli and social activists. Though waqf properties have been systematically usurped and stolen over the years, the immediate provocation is that the Delhi Development Authority on 5 December 2012 started the demolition of Ghausiya colony  (Khasra No. 217, Mehrauli, South Delhi) without giving any notice to the inhabitants and on 12 December, a four-hundred-year-old mosque in the said colony was demolished alongwith the demolition and levelling of dozens of houses and a number of graves and dargahs on this waqf land leaving hundreds of inhabitants homeless. Till date the inhabitants of the colony are living in the open sky in the chilly winter of Delhi. Despite the continuous agitation led since by Ghoasiya Colony Rehabilitation Forum (GCRF), no action has been taken by the state government or Delhi Waqf Board.

Waqf Tahreek Meeting 6 January 2013 at SDPI office in New Delhi

A GCRF delegation led by SDPI National General Secretary Hafiz Manzoor Ali Khan has so far met the Chief Minister of Delhi Mrs Sheila Dixit, Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities Mr Wajahat Habibullah and Minister for Minority Affairs K Rahman Khan to take action to solve this problem created by the DDA. The delegation also met Delhi Waqf Board CEO Mr Abid Hasan and asked him to file a case on behalf of the Waqf Board against the demolition of a Masjid on a waqf land. The state of the affairs of the Delhi waqfs is utterly pathetic as the Waqf Board chairman Mateen Choudhary only issues good statements in the media but takes no concrete step.

These efforts have shown that the government and waqf board are not serious regarding this issue.  Therefore, to create public awareness regarding this issue and to fight a legal battle for this and the larger issue of safeguarding waqfs, a joint meeting of various organizations was held at the office of the SDPI in Delhi on 6 January. The meeting was attended by Shahi Imam of Fatehpuri Mosque Dr. Mufti Mukarram Ahmed, Hafiz Manzoor Ali Khan (SDPI), Dr Zafarul-Islam Kham (All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat), Dr Tasleem Rahmani (Muslim Political Council of India), Maulana Ansar Raza (Ghareeb Nawaz Foundation), Yaseen Patel (Wahadat-e-Islami), Dr Basheer Ahmed (All India Muslim League), Ansarul Haq  (Popular Front of India), Farooq Ahmed (Muslim Educational Trust), Mumtaz Ahmad Chawla, Maulana Ashfaque (All India Imams Council), Aneesuz Zaman (Campus Front of India), Mohamed Allaudin  and Mohamed Tanveer (both of GCRF).

A joint platform in the name of “Waqf Bachao Tahreek” was formed to save the waqf properties by public awareness and legal process. Shahi Imam Dr. Mufti Mukarram Ahmad will be the patron of the movement while other functionaries are as follows: Maulana Hafiz Manzoor Ali Khan (General Convenor:), Dr. Tasleem Rahmani, Maulana Ansar Raza and Yaseen Patel (Convenors), and Mumtaz Ahmad Chawla (Coordinator). The movement will organize agitations if the Ghausiya Masjid is not rebuilt and the uprooted people not rehabilitated.

The movement demands the Delhi Government to rebuild the Masjid and restore the graves immediately, rehabilitate the uprooted people of the colony and stop their daily harassment by DDA and Police officers. The movement also demands a judicial enquiry to determine and punish the DDA and Police personnel responsible for the demolition of Masjid, disrespect to the graves and uprooting the residents living there since long.The movement will hold a a press meet on 9 January 2013 at 3.00 pm at the Press Club of India in New Delhi in which the plans and the future course of the movement will be announced.

(Issued by Mohamed Tanveer, Member, Waqf Bachao Tehreek)
See also: Ghosiya Colony Rehabilitation Forum meets Delhi CM

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