Visit comes in the wake of alleged encroachments
A three-member team of A P Wakf Board visited several localities in and around the town on Wednesday in an effort to protect Wakf properties and repossess all Wakf lands that have been encroached in Khammam urban mandal and Khanapur Haveli gram panchayat limits.
The team comprising Wakf Board Directors Mohammad Hussain and Mohammad Abdul Jabbar besides Assistant Secretary of Zone-IV Jafar Sajid inspected the Wakf properties and made an on-the-spot assessment of their status at different localities under Motinagar, Prakashnagar in the town as well as on the outskirts of Velugumatla village.
Their visit assumed significance in the backdrop of the specific complaints lodged by the Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind district unit against the alleged encroachment of valuable Wakf properties by land-grabbers in connivance with unauthorized ‘muthavallies' in the town. The Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind district official spokesman Mohammad Asad and others also accompanied the team.
The Wakf Board Directors interacted with revenue officials concerned and sought their cooperation for retrieving the encroached Wakf lands and safeguarding all the Wakf properties. The team mooted an action plan to install 87 boards in the Wakf lands to check trespassing and protect the properties from encroachment..
Board Director Mohammad Hussain said many Wakf properties in and around the town had been encroached upon. "The land grabbers even constructed some illegal structures on these lands in collusion with unauthorised ‘muthavallies'. Eviction notices would be served on the ‘land grabbers' by the officials concerned to free the Wakf properties from encroachments," he said.
“We would explore all legal options to retrieve all the encroached Wakf lands,” he said adding that an appropriate action plan would be finalised in the ensuing general body meeting of the board to protect and develop the Wakf properties in Khammam for the welfare of Muslims.