The All-India Muslim Law Board and the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board said on May 18 that the administration in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, had demolished a mosque and demanded a judicial inquiry.
According to Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rehmani, general labour secretary of the All-India Muslim Law Board ( AIMPLB), “The century-old Garib Nawaz mosque in Ram Sanehi Ghat tehsil was demolished by the administration without any legal justification on Monday evening in the presence of the police.”
“There was no dispute relating to the mosque. It is also listed with the Sunni Waqf Board. The SDM (Sub Divisional Magistrate) of Ram Sanehi Ghat had asked for papers of the mosque from the mosque committee in March against which the mosque management committee had approached the Allahabad High Court,” he added.
Maulana Khalid also mentioned that the mosque was pulled down by the administration without any notice. He has called for a judicial inquiry into the case by a High Court judge and demanded the suspension of the officials responsible for the action.
“It is the government’s duty to build the mosque there and hand it over to the Muslims,” he said.
On the matter, the authorities said they had the court order. District Magistrate Adarsh Singh described the construction, of the mosque as illegal.