A day after groups belonging to two communities came face-to-face over construction of a wall around a graveyard at Sardhar village, officials told villagers on Monday that the land belonged to the government and no immediate action could taken as the matter was sub-judice.
The village remained peaceful, even as police deployment continued as a precautionary measure. Objections have been raised against construction of the peripheral wall with claims that it would block a pathway which passes though the graveyard.
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While Sunni Muslim Trust have been asserting that there was no pathway through the burial ground, the other community claimed it has been there for a long time. The matter of the “existence” of the burial ground is pending with Rajkot civil court.
On Monday, SDM of Rajkot (city-2) Gambhirsinh Dhakre held a meeting of leaders of two communities and told villagers that the graveyard was government land. “We had summoned district inspector of land records to know the status of the disputed land and existence of a road on it. The records show that the cemetery is spread over a government wasteland and does not belong to any organisation or individual,” Dhakre told The Indian Express.