Hyderabads Amberpet area witnessed tension between Muslims and members of Hindu right-wing organisations on May 2, 2019, after the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) demolished a 200-year-old mosque, popularly known as Masjid-e-Ek-Khana. The demolition was part of a road-widening project initiated by the GHMC. The demolition led to stone pelting between Hindus and Muslims, following which police rushed to the spot and barricaded the area, maintaining tight vigil. The State Waqf Board objected to the demolition, saying it hurt religious sentiments. According to the Waqf Board members, they were not informed prior of the decision. Meanwhile, a GHMC official claimed that they had bought the land from individuals living in the area, mostly shop owners, who the Waqf Board considers 'encroachers', by paying a compensation of INR 2.5 crore. The Board also objected to this, claiming ownership over the land and alleging that the demolition was carried out without any consultation. Speaking to The News Minute, Waqf Board CEO Shahnawaz Qasim said, The boards position on this matter is very clear. We have a Survey Commissioner Report from 1964 as well that shows the land is Waqf property. The Board claimed it had informed the GHMC about the encroachers,** ** a detailed letter of which was sent to the GHMC commissioner on July 31, 2018. The Board said it did not receive any notice from the GHMC about the demolition or ex gratia paid to individuals who sold the land. On July 29, 2019, a delegation of Muslim religious leaders met State Home Minister Mahmood Ali and demanded ownership of the Waqf Board over the land and a mosque to be re-built.
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Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, Telangana State Waqf Board, Telangana State Minority Commission
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Majlis Bachao Tehreek
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Violation of free prior informed consent , Controversial land acquisition by the government
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