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Drones to keep eye on demolition drive, no action to be taken against mosque: Gurgaon admn

Drones, up to 1,000 policemen and Rapid Action Force personnel will keep watch.

Written by Sandali Tiwari | Gurgaon |
August 25, 2015 12:45:02 am
demolition drive, gurgaon demolition, drone demolition, gurgaon news, NCR news, delhi news, indian express Residents of Sarai Allawardi in Palam Vihar, on Monday, protest against the proposed drive. (Manoj Kumar)

The district authorities have assured the Muslim community that a mosque, Sarai Allawardi in Palam Vihar, won’t be harmed during a drive to remove encroachments on Tuesday. The drive will be carried out following an order of the Punjab & Haryana High Court.

Drones, up to 1,000 policemen and Rapid Action Force personnel will keep watch as officials from the Department of Town and Country Planning carry out the drive. Residents obstructing the drive would be arrested and booked under appropriate sections of the IPC, a senior official said.

The issue dates back to 1986-87, when the Wakf Board gave land around the mosque to villagers on lease. “The lease expired long ago, so the families occupying the land are now living there illegally. They do not have ownership rights,” said deputy commissioner T L Satya Prakash.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) took over the mosque in 2003. The ASI then filed a case in the Punjab & Haryana High Court for clearing encroachments in a 100-metre radius around the mosque. The High Court then ordered the district administration to remove all encroachments around the “protected monument”.

In January last year, a nine-member committee was constituted that came up with a rehabilitation plan for the families under the Ashiana Housing Scheme, maintaining that the land was government property. However, around 350 families living on the encroached areas refused the offer, saying they had developed the infrastructure by pooling in resources.

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