Authorities in Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki district have bulldozed a century-old mosque within the title of “elimination of encroachment”, the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board mentioned on Tuesday.
The physique — the mosque was registered with it — mentioned the demolition in Ram Sanehi Ghat space was carried out towards an order of the excessive court docket. The board added it would strategy the excessive court docket towards the motion, demanded the mosque be reinstated and sought a judicial probe towards officers concerned within the drive.
News18 couldn’t attain district officers regardless of repeated cellphone calls. Barabanki district Justice of the Peace Adarsh Singh advised The Guardian that authorities had acted towards an “unlawful construction”.
“I have no idea any mosque. I do know there was an unlawful construction. The Uttar Pradesh (Allahabad) excessive court docket declared it unlawful. That’s why the regional senior district Justice of the Peace took motion. I can’t say anything,” he advised The Guardian.
In an official launch dated Might 18, the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board termed Monday’s incident “a misuse of energy”.
“This act is towards regulation, misuse of energy and utter violation of the clear orders dated 24.4.2021 handed by the Honourable Excessive Court docket. The UP Sunni Central Waqf Board will instantly strategy the Honourable Excessive Court docket and demanding restoration of the mosque, high-level judicial enquiry and motion towards the responsible officers,” Zufar Farooqui, chairman of the board, mentioned within the launch.
He condemned the “unlawful” motion by the “Tehsil and District Administration”.