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Legal notice to vacate Waqf properties from illegal occupants

Mumbai: Maharashtra’s minister for minorities affairs, Arif Naseem Khan, in reply to questions asked by Shiv Sena leader Neelam Gode and others, said in the Legislative Council on 15 March that in Maharashtra, 82 percent Auqaf properties are illegally occupied by government and semi-government bodies including Police Commissioner’s and many other offices and that legal notices have been issued to the concerned offices to vacate illegally occupied properties.

He also said that he hopes government sticks to its promise of getting illegal occupations removed because many government and semi-government offices and institutions exist on Waqf lands and properties. Enumerating such cases he said that in Latur there are 30 Waqf properties, in Usmanabad 7 properties, in Nanded 4 properties, in Prabhni 5 properties, in Jalna 8 and in Aurangabad 18 Waqf properties were illegally occupied by such offices and institutions.

He said that in the same way 60 / 70 acres of land are illegally occupied by government departments and in order to get these illegal occupations vacated, minorities affairs ministry through Waqf Board has issued legal notices to these offices / organisations to get these lands vacated and also warned them to shift / transfer their offices to other places otherwise legal action would be taken against them.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2013 on page no. 14

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