May 19, 2021
The scene after the demolition of the mosque.
‘It is the duty of the govt to construct the mosque at the same place and hand it over to Muslims’
LUCKNOW – The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has demanded from the government to rebuild the mosque that was pulled down by the district administration of Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh on Monday.
“The century-old Garib Nawaz mosque in Ram Sanehi Ghat Tehsil was demolished by the administration without any legal justification on Monday night in the presence of police,” said the AIMPLB working general secretary Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rehmani, in a statement on Tuesday.
Now it is the duty of the government to construct the mosque at the same place and hand it over to Muslims, said Maulana Rahmani.
He also demanded a judicial inquiry into the incident by a sitting high court judge and suspension of the officials responsible for this. He also asked to stop the process of removing mosque debris from the spot and to ensure that no other structure was allowed to come up on the land.
There was no dispute relating to the mosque. It is also listed with the Sunni Waqf Board, he said.
Media reports say the mosque was razed by the authorities ignoring an order of the Allahabad High Court that it should be protected from any eviction or demolition until May 31.
The news of the demolition was broken by The Guardian of London on Tuesday. The district magistrate of Barabanki Adarsh Singh has claimed that the mosque was an “illegal” structure. “A notice was served on people concerned on March 15, giving them an opportunity to put forth their views over the ownership but those residing there fled after receiving the notice,” the DM said in a statement.
The UP Sunni Central Waqf Board also condemned the incident, terming it as misuse of power and announced to move the court against the demolition of the mosque. .