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‘Acquire land in village for burial ground’

Staff Correspondent
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Seeking action:Members of the Muslim community of Kotur village submitting a memorandum to Additional Deputy Commissioner Mahantesh Bilagi on Thursday.
Seeking action:Members of the Muslim community of Kotur village submitting a memorandum to Additional Deputy Commissioner Mahantesh Bilagi on Thursday.

Members of the Muslim community at Kotur village near Dharwad have demanded a burial ground in their village.

In a memorandum submitted to Deputy Commissioner Sameer Shukla here on Thursday, the Hazarat Abubakkar Social, Educational and Welfare Trust has urged the district administration to acquire three acres of private land identified by the trust for the burial ground.

Kotur village has an estimated Muslim population of 8,000.

At present, members of the community take the dead to a burial ground which is 7 km from Kotur. They are facing difficulties as the connecting road is in a bad shape.

In the memorandum, the trust said the district administration had earlier earmarked land at Shinganahalli for the burial ground. However, that area was more than 7 km from Kotur, and to reach it one had to travel 5 km on the national highway. It was not a safe option, the memorandum said.

The trust had identified three acres in the vicinity of the village, and said that the landowners had agreed to sell the land. The district administration should acquire the land, the trust said.

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