Deadline over, Shia women threaten to lock Chhota Imambara again

For the past two days, women have continued with their agitation and sloganeering during night at the gates of Chhota Imambara.

Lucknow | Published: July 2, 2015 12:27 am
Chhota Imambara lucknow, Lucknow Chota Imambara, Shia community, Shia women, Shia Central Board of Waqfs, Lucknow news, uttar pradesh news Women are yet to lift the dharna. (Source: Express photo)

Two days after they let the administration unlock the gates to Chhota Imambara, a group of women from Shia community may again lock the historical monument as there were no words from adminstration on their demands till late on Wednesday night.

Though the gates of the Chhota Imambara were unlocked Monday following a directive of the Allahabad High Court, the women continued with their dharna at the entrance blocking entry of tourists. Their demands include removal of Syed Waseem Rizvi as chairman of Shia Central Board of Waqfs and CBI inquiry into the alleged misappropriation of waqf properties.

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“We had given 24 hours to district administration, which expired on Tuesday night. We had announced to again lock the gates of Imambara if our demands were not met. But, we cannot take any decision without the consent of our brothers (Shia men) so we had given another day (till 9pm on wednesday) to the administration after which we will lock the gates,” Shabi Fatima, whose organisation Kanizan-e-Zehra is heading the agitation, said.

When contacted, Lucknow District Magistrate Raj Shekhar said, “We are talking to them and trying to resolve it soon.”

Fatima, however, claimed that both the district administration and the state governments were not giving “any importance” to their demands. “No one has contacted us. District administration has not conveyed our issues to government. We are co-operating with them and they are threatening us by lodging FIR against the women,” she added.

For the past two days, women have continued with their agitation and sloganeering during night at the gates of Chhota Imambara. “This is our last ultimatum and we will decide tonight about locking the monument,” she claimed.

Meanwhile, district administration had submitted its compliance report in the High Court regarding unlocking of both the Imambaras on Tuesday.  Earlier on June 23, court had directed it to open the locks immediately.

State government had assured the court that locks of both the Imambaras will be opened by June 29. The locks at Bada Imambara were opened on June 26 but Shia women refused to open the locks at Chhota Imambara. It was finally opened on June 29.

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