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‘Govt. urged to alleviate sufferings of Muslim community’

BJP leader and former chairman of Karnataka State Minorities Commission and Minorities Development Corporation Anwar Manippadi urged the government to alleviate the sufferings of Muslim minority community in Karnataka saying they were being ill-treated.

In a letter to CM Basavaraj Bommai on Friday, Mr. Manippadi said, “It is so disheartening to see our government run by a party supposed to be a party with a difference - BJP and having trust and hope in Prime Minister Modi Ji’s concept of ‘Sab Ka Saath Sab Ka Vikas’ which here in Karnataka is not being practised. It is painful to know of the sufferings of Muslims in Karnataka everywhere. I meet my Muslim brethren and they complain that BJP Government is ill-treating, harassing and threatening them with dire consequences.”

He said the Muslim community in Doddanagamangala village in Bengaluru South taluk was unable to get a burial ground despite a court order in 2005. During the pandemic, Muslims had to bury dead bodies in far-off places incurring huge expenditure, he said. There was no Muslim burial ground in the village and up to 6-7 km in surrounding areas.

The two-acre land in Survey No. 5 was not given to Muslims despite proper allotment, he said. Notwithstanding prompt efforts by Bengaluru Urban Deputy Commissioner J. Manjunath, nothing has happened till date.

Giving another example of denial of burial ground in Sullia taluk of Dakshina Kannada district, Mr. Manippadi said despite the government earmarking 20 cents of land abutting Badriya Jumma Masjid in Sampaje village, the land was yet to be allotted. In fact, the land for the Masjid as donated by Keelara Gopalakrishna Bhat, exhibiting Hindu-Muslim amity, he noted.

While the forest department had earlier given its clearance along with gram panchayat and other agencies, the forest development corporation was opposing the allotment along with some people from the Party itself.

It was not just one or two incidents. The government was even attempting to impoverish the rich Wakf Board too by supporting people accused of embezzlement to hold offices, Mr. Manippadi said.

He urged Mr. Bommai to take right decisions so that Muslims feel they were part of the nation.


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