Correspondent

Forum will take steps to free them, says Babukhan

Kakinada: "No one has the right to occupy the Wakf properties and true Muslims will not resort to such crime. The properties are usurped by individuals and religion has nothing to do with such a heinous crime," said Bashiruddin Babukhan, former Minister and Chairman of the Forum for Equity and Justice, at a press conference here on Monday.

He said it was a fact that Wakf properties were grabbed by several Muslims in their individual capacity and the Forum would take steps to free them, if necessary, by seeking recourse to law. He claimed the Forum for Equity and Justice founded by him five years ago, had been striving for generating awareness among the Muslims about their rights and the welfare measures initiated by the Government.

Opening branches

In order to create awareness among the Muslims about how best to make use of the Government schemes, he said, he was opening branches of the Forum in all the coastal towns.

The first branch was started here with SK Mohiuddin, senior advocate as its chief. He promised to provide funds for construction of a shed in the local Muslim school.

Stating that he had prevailed over the Government to increase the budget on minorities welfare from Rs.39 crores to Rs.49 crores last year, he said Rs. 5.12 crores was spent on extending scholarships to 12,000 Muslims.