Lucknow: The UP Sunni Central Waqf Board has said that it will soon approach the Allahabad High Court demanding restoration of a mosque that was razed earlier this week and a high-level judicial inquiry and action against the officers concerned.
Controversy broke out after the demolition of a decades-old mosque in Ram Sanehi Ghat tehsil area of Barabanki on Monday amid police deployment.
The tehsil is located on a highway on the Barabanki-Ayodhya border. Barabanki district magistrate Adarsh Singh said the structure was constructed illegally on government land by unidentified people who escaped when a notice was sent on March 15.
A district official said the ‘illegal structure’ was first flagged during a verification drive in March. “Three people living there escaped when asked to show their identity proof,” he added.
In a video, Barabanki District Magistrate Adarsh Singh called the demolished structure as a “residential place that was constructed illegally” on the tehsil premises in front of the house of SDM (Ram Sanehi Ghat).
“The occupants escaped from there when a notice was sent to them to prove their ownership on March 15, 2021. The administration took possession of the structure on March 18, 2021,” he added.The Sunni Board claimed in a statement that it was a ‘100-year-old mosque’.
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