Sectt. Mosques not rebuilt on original site: Shabbir Ali

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Hyderabad: Former Minister Mohammed Ali Shabbir today asked Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao to provide proof that the two mosques in the premises of the Secretariat – Masjid-e-Moatamadi and Masjid-e-Hashmi were being reconstruction on their original sites without any resettlement.

Addressing a press conference in Gandhi Bhavan, Shabbir Ali issued a letter to the Chief Minister he wrote to seek immediate clarification from the CM regarding the reconstruction site of two demolished people on the premises of the Secretariat. Speaking on the occasion, he said there were serious doubts about the exact location of the mosques, the foundation stone of which for reconstruction was laid on November 25.

He said that if KCR fails to provide clarification within 15 days, the Congress Party will explore all legal and democratic means to seek justice. “We will file a criminal complaint against the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary for violating the provisions of the Places of Worship Act 1991 and other relevant laws,” he said.

“The demolition of two mosques in the Secretariat on the night of July 7-8, 2020 was illegal. You reacted to this on July 10, 2020, claiming that partial damage was done to religious structures due to falling debris from other structures. While expressing regret, you assured of making repairs to the three places of worship in the near future. Your statement turned out to be a blatant lie since three days later the authorities told the High Court that the three buildings had been razed, ”Shabbir Ali said in his letter to CM KCR.

Shabbir stated that the demolition of the Secretariat’s places of worship was a crime and a flagrant violation of the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act 1991 which states that the religious character of a place of worship existing on August 15, 1947 will remain the same as it was that day. In addition, the land where the mosques were located belonged to the Wakf and did not belong to the state government, although it was on the premises of the Secretariat. Therefore, their demolition amounted to trespassing and encroachment, he said.

The Congress leader alleged that when leaders of the Congress Party and other organizations filed a complaint against the demolitions, local police at Saifabad Police Station refused to register a case. “It was the duty of the police to issue an FIR upon receipt of a complaint. By refusing to do so, the local police violated Supreme Court guidelines, allegedly due to pressure from the office of the chief minister, ”he said.

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