Mus­lim lead­ers seek clar­ity on mosque un­seal­ing

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Ht Gurugram - Kartik Ku­mar kartik.ku­mar@htlive.com ■

Four days af­ter a mosque was sealed in Sheetla Mata Colony, lo­cal Mus­lim lead­ers met di­vi­sional com­mis­sioner D Suresh at his res­i­dence on Satur­day seek­ing clar­ity on the process to un­seal the struc­ture.

On Fri­day, re­ports sur­faced that the di­vi­sional com­mis­sioner had di­rected the mosque to be un­sealed in the evening, though the city ad­min­is­tra­tion later re­leased a state­ment clar­i­fy­ing that no such or­der was is­sued.

Ac­cord­ing to the lead­ers, they were in­formed by the di­vi­sional com­mis­sioner on Satur­day that a for­mal ap­peal against the seal­ing by the Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion of Gurugram (MCG) can be made in the court of the di­vi­sional com­mis­sioner, which could pave the way for the mosque to be un­sealed.

“Af­ter in­form­ing us on Fri­day that mosque will be un­sealed, the di­vi­sional com­mis­sioner in­formed us that the only way to get it done is by sub­mit­ting an of­fi­cial ap­peal in his court. He then in­formed us that the court would ac­cord­ingly take a call based on the ev­i­dence and find­ing,” said Haji She­hzad Khan, chair­man of the Mus­lim Ekta Manch.

Rahul Roy, a mem­ber of the Gur­gaon Na­grik Ekta Manch, said that they had gone to meet the di­vi­sional com­mis­sioner ‘as he had in­formed us that the mosque will be un­sealed on Fri­day evening, but this never took place. Hence, the fo­rum met him for clar­ity.’

“The di­vi­sional com­mis­sioner ap­prised us of the le­gal hur­dles if an or­der for un­seal­ing is passed. He also said that an in­ter­nal in­quiry has been ini­ti­ated on the is­sue. Based on the re­port, he said that of­fi­cials will take the next course of ac­tion. At present, sta­tus quo is be­ing main­tained,” said Roy.

“We are hop­ing the is­sue does not get drawn into a le­gal hur­dle and is solved ad­min­is­tra­tively. Mem­bers of the fo­rum and Mus­lim Ekta Manch lead­ers are pon­der­ing over the next steps that can be taken,” said Roy.

Di­vi­sional com­mis­sioner D Suresh did not re­spond to the texts and calls for com­ment.

On Wed­nes­day, MCG of­fi­cials had sealed the mosque and 10 other build­ings in the area, on the grounds that th­ese had been built af­ter the Pun­jab and Haryana high court, in Septem­ber 2016, had stayed new con­struc­tion in the 300-me­tre ra­dius of the In­dian Air Force (IAF) am­mu­ni­tion de­pot in Sec­tor 14.

On Fri­day, Gurugram po­lice had de­tained 12 peo­ple af­fil­i­ated to right-wing out­fits un­der Sec­tion 107 (likely to com­mit breach of peace or pub­lic tran­quil­lity) of the CrPC, 1973.

YOGENDRA KU­MAR/HT

■ The mosque re­mained sealed on Satur­day.

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