Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) officials demolished the boundary wall and the Eidgah constructed on a 2.75-acre plot in Palam Vihar area of Gurgaon early on Monday morning without any prior intimation.
The plot in question was acquired by Huda in 2007 and allotted to the Wakf board by the Gazette of India in 1970 before its acquisition. The land is still used for offering prayers during Eid and a boundary wall was constructed on it.
People are protesting the move. “We did not receive any notice for demolition. Huda officials came to demolish the structures around 6am on Monday. Their action has come as a jolt as we are still talking to the authorities regarding transfer of land for the Eidgah. “According to our laws, a religious structure cannot be demolished,” said Suhel Farooq Khan, head of the Chauma Masjid Intezamia Committee.
Huda officials claimed that it was an illegal construction and encroachment on Huda land, which had been earmarked for residential use and there was no need for prior intimation.
“Would you inform people encroaching on your land before removing them? There was no need for a prior notice in this case as Huda has plotted the land and planned its development,” said RS Siwach, sub-divisional engineer (survey), Huda.
The Wakf board of Haryana was in talks with Huda and chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to release the Wakf land from acquisition but to no avail.
“The land was acquired by Huda in 2007 without the required notice to the board according to Wakf laws. We had questioned Huda regarding the acquisition but got no response. So we approached the CM last month and were expecting a reply,” said Naseem Ahmad, administrator, Haryana Wakf board.
Union minister for minorities’ affairs K Rahman Khan has also written a letter to the CM saying, “Muslims of the area have been using the place as Eidgah for offering prayers for more than 12 years. As the land is used by thousands of Muslims for their prayers, I would request you to kindly issue suitable instructions to the Huda for release of the Eidgah land to the Haryana Wakf board.”