Construction of madrasa on residential site triggers protests

Updated - October 18, 2016 03:04 pm IST

Published - June 13, 2016 12:00 am IST - Mandya:

Under dispute:The madrasa on a residential site at Hemavathi Layout in K.R. Pet town of Mandya district.

Under dispute:The madrasa on a residential site at Hemavathi Layout in K.R. Pet town of Mandya district.

A tense situation prevailed for a while at Hemavathi Layout, in K.R. Pet town in the district on Sunday, after hundreds of people staged protest outside the police station demanding action against the construction of an illegal madrasa.

According to police and Revenue Department sources, a local resident is allegedly constructing a madrasa on a residential site allotted to him, without obtaining mandatory permission and by violating conditions pertaining to the allotment of residential site.

Over 700 persons, most of them members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal, thronged the construction site demanding demolishment of the structure.

They also demanded that the taluk administration take legal action, and raised slogans against the former K.R. Pet Town Panchayat president K. Ghouse Khan for trying to disrupt communal harmony by encouraging the illegal construction.

Town panchayat and police officials told The Hindu that the construction was illegal. A petition against the construction was received a few days back and action will be initiated shortly, a panchayat official said. A peace committee meeting will be held on Monday as the issue is “very sensitive”, a police officer said.

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