Muslim board and UP Waqf board demand restoration of demolished mosque

New Delhi: The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board have demanded reconstruction of a 100-year-old mosque that was demolished by local authorities in the state’s Barabanki district on 17 May.

“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.

The Waqf Board said it will move the high court, seeking “restoration of the mosque, a high-level judicial inquiry and action against the guilty officers”.

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.

In an order pronounced on April 24, the Allahabad High Court had said, “Any orders of eviction, dispossession or demolition, already passed by the High Court, District Court or Civil Court, if not executed till the date of passing of this order shall remain in abeyance for the period till 31.05.2021.”

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.

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