Mosque sealing: ‘administrative’ solution sought

Civil society group reiterates that sealing of structure in Gurugram was ‘illegal’

The members of Gurgaon Nagrik Ekta Manch (GNEM) and local Muslim leaders on Saturday called upon the Divisional Commissioner, D. Suresh, seeking an “administrative” solution to the sealing of the mosque in Sheetla Mata Colony here earlier this week.

Sealing order

GNEM member and an independent film-maker Rahul Roy, said Mr. Suresh told the delegation that he could not order the de-sealing of the mosque since there was no sealing order in the first place. “He told us that he could reverse the sealing order and de-seal a structure under provisions of the law. But, since there was no sealing order for the mosque in the first place, he could not direct its de-sealing,” said Mr. Roy. The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram officials said notices were not required to be served for sealing illegal structures within 300 metres of the Indian Air Force ammunition depot.

The civil society group delegation reiterated that the sealing of the mosque was “illegal” and the administration must correct its discriminatory action. Mr. Roy said that they were looking for an administrative solution to the matter and would be forced to take legal recourse after all their options were exhausted.

Muslim Ekta Manch chairman Shahzad Khan said the members of his community would present the facts of the case before Mr. Suresh on Monday. He said the construction for the mosque had started in 2014 and completed in 2016. Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti convener Mahavir Bhardwaj threatened to launch a statewide agitation in case what he called, an “illegal structure”, was de-sealed.

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