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Indian mosque bulldozed in defiance of high court order

Local officials in Uttar Pradesh demolish mosque that had stood since time of British rule

Images of rubble taken in the aftermath of the destruction of the  mosque in Ram Sanehi Ghat, Uttar Pradesh, India


Hannah Ellis-Petersen and Mohammad Sartaj Alam
Tue 18 May 2021 10.26 BST


A local administration in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has defied a state high court order and bulldozed a mosque, in one of the most inflammatory actions taken against a Muslim place of worship since the demolition of the Babri Mosque by a mob of Hindu nationalist rioters in 1992.

The mosque, in the city of Ram Sanehi Ghat in Uttar Pradesh, had stood for at least six decades, since the time of British rule, according to documents held by its committee.

On Monday, police and security services moved into the area and cleared it of people, then brought in bulldozers and demolished the mosque buildings. Debris was then thrown into a river, according to images and local accounts. Security services have been deployed to prevent anyone coming within a mile of where the mosque stood.

The state government of Uttar Pradesh is controlled by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), which also governs at national level.

The chief minister is a hardline Hindu nationalist called Yogi Adityanath, who is known for his vitriol against Muslims. He has made speeches laced with Islamophobia, referred to Muslims as terrorists, and passed legislation openly discriminatory to Muslims.

A local imam, Maulana Abdul Mustafa, who is on the mosque committee, said the mosque was “hundreds of years old” and that “thousands of people have been coming here five times a day to offer namaz [prayer]”.

“All Muslims were scared, so no one went near the mosque or dared to protest when the mosque was being demolished. Even today, several dozen people are leaving their homes and hiding in other areas out of the fear of the police.”

Adarsh Singh, a district magistrate, said: “I do not know any mosque. I know there was an illegal structure. The Uttar Pradesh high court declared it illegal. That’s why the regional senior district magistrate took action. I will not say anything else.”

The scene after the demolition of the mosque

The scene after the demolition of the mosque. Photograph: Supplied
The demolition was in violation of a high court order issued on 24 April, which stated that buildings in the state should be protected from any eviction or demolition until 31 May “in the wake of the upsurge of the pandemic”.



The mosque’s presence has been contested by the local administration, which on 15 March issued a “show cause” notice to the mosque committee asking them to present documentary evidence for the ownership of the land and citing a court directive where illegal religious constructions could be demolished if they caused traffic obstructions.
The mosque committee say they sent a detailed response, including documents demonstrating the building had an electricity connection from 1959 and showing no mosque structures were obstructing the road, but the local administration did not take the response on to official record.
On 18 March, the mosque committee went to the Allahabad high court citing concerns that the mosque faced “imminent demolition”. The high court ruled that the local administration was only alleging “certain other constructions have illegally been raised which include residential rooms” on the land, rather threatening to demolish the mosque.
In the following days, local Muslims say the administration began building a permanent structure to block access to the mosque.
On 19 March, local Muslims were prevented from entering the mosque for Friday prayers, causing tension and protests in the area. Over 35 local Muslims who were protesting were arrested and put in jail, where many are still held, and police reports were filed against the demonstrators.


In a ruling on 24 April, taking in the circumstances of the pandemic, Allahabad high court then ordered that “any orders of eviction, dispossession or demolition …shall remain in abeyance until 31.05.21”.

However, the administration went ahead with the demolition of the mosque structures on Monday afternoon. Local Muslims in the area, including members of the mosque committee, said they had gone into hiding over fears they would be targeted and arrested.

A statement by Zafur Ahmad Faruqi, chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf board, said: “I strongly condemn the patently illegal and high-handed action… by which they have demolished a 100 year old mosque”.

Faruqi said the demolition was “against the law, a misuse of power and in utter violation of the clear orders dated 24.04.2020 passed by the Hon’ble High Court” and called for a high-level judicial enquiry.

The district where the mosque is located is adjacent to Ayodhya, where the Babri Mosque stood before its demolition in 1992. In a significant court ruling in 2019, judges declared that the land legally belonged to Hindus, rather than Muslims, and a new Ram Temple is under construction on the site where the Babri Mosque stood formerly.
 

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Illegal construction should be removed . We have so less space in India to build anything .
 

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Classic timing. Attempting to do an Israel. India is no Israel.
Disgraceful vulgar act. Very befitting of India. What else would you expect from the lowest form of humans?
India under Modi is becoming a scum nation
 

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Many temples has been demolished in the past to carry out development work or encroachment. If you don't believe me then google is your best friend.
 

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I am so so thankful to the "Two Nation Theory" drafted and implemented by the founding fathers of Pakistan. Quaid-e-Azam (RA) said:

“India is not a national state. India is not a country but a Sub-continent composed of the two major nations being Hindus and the Muslims whose culture and civilizations, language and literature, art and architecture, names and nomenclature, sense of value and proportion, laws and jurisprudence, social moral codes, customs and calendar, history and traditions, aptitudes and ambitions, outlook on life and of life are fundamentally different"

And due to this fundamental difference the Muslims in India are facing the inhuman treatment from Hindus who justifiably NOT able to comprehend the values Islam holds on the daily life of a muslim.

In addition, the hindu grudge stems out from the fact that they were ruled by Muslims in the past.

Note: In the Ciovid hit India Muslims have provided Masajid to house Hindu Corona patients and Pakistani Govt. and Pakistani people offered their help when Modi Govts failed to help along with US.
 

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Don't temples and Mosques in Pakistan get demolished if they are against building codes?
 

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MHPF is a viable idea.

Pakistan is ready to invest a battalion for Muslim heritage sites in India and Israel.


Your post is off topic.
“All Muslims were scared, so no one went near the mosque or dared to protest when the mosque was being demolished. Even today, several dozen people are leaving their homes and hiding in other areas out of the fear of the police.”
 

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Don't temples and Mosques in Pakistan get demolished if they are against building codes?

If it is illegal structure not a structure which is 100 years old. If road widening was needed then why road wasn't widened on the other side. Stop justifying fascists acts with civilized behaviours. Tables can turn on India and then Hindus fascists will have self to blame.
 

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