A Muslim delegation led by Congress MLA Gayasuddin Sheikh on Friday called on governor O P Kohli and submitted a memorandum demanding appropriate action against Dahod district officials involved in illegal demolition of the Chhab Dargah Kabrastan or graveyard for constructing a road through it. The graveyard is registered with the state wakf board.
The delegation members told the governor that a bid to build a road through the graveyard was made in 2009-10 as well without any prior notice to the trustees of the property and the gujarat high court subsequently stayed construction of any road through the Muslim cemetery.
They told the governor that on September 6 this year, the district officials promulgated section 144 around the graveyard to prevent any resistance from the Muslims and bulldozed the boundary wall and dug out a number of graves to facilitate road construction.
The action of the district officials without any prior notice, they said, was illegal and uncalled for.
They told the govenror that the action of the government officials was not only unjustified but also hurt the religious sentiments of the Muslims who have their ancestors buried in the graveyard.
They requested the governor to direct the state government and the wakf board to ensure that no road was constructed through the graveyard.
Among the delegation included Ahmedabad Jama Masjid Imam Mufti Shabbir Ahmed siddiqui and Zainuddin Qazi, president of the Dahod Chhab Dargah Kabrastan Trust.