Don’t build mosque at Nerul, give plot for school, says VHP

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NERUL: More than 500 res­i­dents blocked the Palm Beach Road near NMMC head­quar­ters on Fri­day to op­pose the al­lot­ment of a plot for a mosque at Sec­tor 15 of Sea­woods.

The con­struc­tion of the mosque has al­ready started.

The city unit of Vishwa Hindu Par­ishad (VHP) and other Hindu or­gan­i­sa­tions had or­ga­nized the protest.

The VHP claimed that the area has lit­tle Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion and there is no school in the area and so the plot should be al­lot­ted for a school.

Sev­eral pro­tes­tors were de­tained by NRI coastal po­lice and re­leased later.

A mem­o­ran­dum was sub­mit­ted to deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Ja­gan­nath Sin­narkar, de­mand­ing the mosque be re­moved from the area.

Ba­jrang Dal leader Ud­dhav Kha­rade, who led the protest, said: “The plot had ini­tially been ear­marked for a Cen­tral School. How­ever, there was a change in reser­va­tion of the plot a few years ago and Cidco al­lot­ted the plot for a mosque.”

A source said, “The mat­ter had ended up in lit­i­ga­tion with the court de­cid­ing in favour of the con­struc­tion of the mosque.”

Asked why a protest had been held de­spite the court or­der on the is­sue, Vaib­hav Kulka­rni, a Ba­jrang leader said, “We are do­ing it in a demo­cratic man­ner.” He said, “When the plot was al­lot­ted for a mosque, the sit­u­a­tion was dif­fer­ent. Now the area has a 98% Hindu pop­u­la­tion and so a mosque is not re­quired here.”

He added, “Tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the present sit­u­a­tion, the al­lot­ment of the plot for the mosque should be can­celled and given to the school.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Women pro­test­ers block Palm Beach Road, near NMMC head­quar­ters, on Fri­day.

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