Re: [mpisgmedia] Riverbed demolitions (religious structures): 29/12/2004

photo-album still at:

Asian Age has a report today:

Panel to probe razing

- By Our Correspondent

New Delhi, Jan. 3: Delhi lieutenant-governor B.L.
Joshi has ordered the constitution of a three-member
committee to enquire into the demolition of a mosque
near Yamuna Pushta by the Delhi Development Authority.

The committee will be headed by Mr. T.T. Joseph, a
retired IAS official. The other two members of the
committee include Mr O.P. Kelkar, principal secretary,
urban development (Delhi government) and Mr Qamar
Ahmed, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

The committee will examine whether any of the
religious structures which have been removed had come
up in an unauthorised manner or not. The committee
will also examine whether any clearance was done in
disregard to any court orders or not

--- Gita Dewan Verma <[email protected]> wrote:

> Following news reports of 01 and 02.01.2005 about
> meetings, etc, among the Imams, Shoaib Iqbal and
> Sheila Dikshit about demolition by DDA of one mosque
> near Pushta there is a report today about LG
> assuring
> them, in their meeting yesterday for an amicable
> solution, enquiry to see if there has been any
> disrespect of religious objects while demolishing 22
> temples and 24 mosques in Pushta on Friday in
> compliance of High Court order of 03.03.2003.
> The demolition occurred on Wednesday 29/12/2004 (not
> Friday) and about 20 (not one or 22+24) structures
> were demolished. The high-handed action, started
> before daybreak without notice, undoubtedly involved
> disrespect of religious objects (damaged and buried
> evidences are on display for any visitor). More
> significantly it, and what followed it, involved
> disrespect of faith and secular sentiment of both
> communities in Pushta as well as of Art.14 of the
> Constitution of India and several judicial and
> statutory processes.
> The new year news reports about the latest on the
> riverbed are at the end of this post. MPISG letters
> dispatched to LG of 29/12/2004 and today (with
> reference to others about this inter-connected
> anomie
> on the riverbed will be posted on AZ Plan - riverbed
> section of MPISG current engagements - as soon as
> possible. Photographs of 15 sites (9 temples and 6
> mosques) that their pandits and maulvis together
> helped us photograph yesterday, of the same area in
> May 2004 with the structures standing on the debris
> of
> Pushta homes with Shastri Park Metro Depot (where
> the
> admittedly illegal yet celebrated IT Park is under
> construction since November 2003 in clear contempt
> of
> court, besides development and environment law)
> beyond, of MCD-ActionAid Night Shelter in
> porta-cabins
> that replaced, in identical contempt and violations,
> tents in MCD school after its students were packed
> off
> to Bawana and where some documentation filming of
> some
> chosen homeless was going on yesterday regardless of
> homelessness inflicted on the sheltered and
> night-sheltered right next to it, of surviving
> Police-Chowki shrine, etc, and (as topical aside) of
> Tsunami relief in religious structures elsewhere are
> in one large photo-album at:
> If this bothers, do mail; it bothers us ? very much.
> MPISG Planner
> ----
> Pioneer, 03.01.2005:
> Demolition of religious structures to be probed: L-G
> Staff Reporter/ New Delhi
> Lieutenant-governor BL Joshi on Sunday assured that
> an
> enquiry would be held into the removal of religious
> structures at the Yamuna Pushta. Expressing concern
> over the manner in which the demolition of religious
> structures carried out at Yamuna Pushta, L-G Joshi
> said an enquiry would be held immediately if any
> disrespect was shown to any religious objects while
> clearing the structures.
> Earlier, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Deputy
> Speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly Shoaib Iqbal
> and
> a delegation of Muslim Ulema, met L-G in the morning
> to seek an amicable solution to the recent removal
> of
> religious structures at Yamuna Pushta by the Delhi
> Development Authority (DDA).
> Chief Secretary S Reghunathan was also present at
> the
> meeting. Sources in the government said that Ms
> Dikshit also expressed her anguish as her government
> was not informed by the authority in this regard and
> her government was kept in dark.
> It is learnt that L-G has clarified that the
> demolition was carried out due to the Delhi High
> Court
> order to clear the embankment of river Yamuna. In
> this
> process, the government relocated those living on
> the
> banks of river Yamuna. According to Mr Iqbal, the
> area
> comes under his constituency and it was his duty to
> draw the attention of Chief Minister and
> Lieutenant-Governor in this regard. He said about 22
> temples and 24 mosques were demolished by the DDA on
> Friday. On Friday evening, Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid
> also met Ms Dikshit and drew her attention on this
> issue
> ----
> Asian Age, 02.01.2005:
> CM and L-G will discuss Pushta mosque demolition
> - By Our Correspondent
> New Delhi, Jan. 1: Delhi chief minister Sheila
> Dikshit
> along with the Delhi deputy Speaker Shoaib Iqbal
> will
> be meet lieutenant-governor B.L. Joshi on Sunday to
> seek an amicable solution to the recent demolition
> of
> a mosque near Yamuna Pushta by the Delhi Development
> Authority. The mosque was located in the Jama Masjid
> assembly constituency which is represented by Mr
> Iqbal. A three time MLA from the area Mr Iqbal met
> Ms
> Dikshit on Friday and expressed concern.
> On Saturday, he along with the Naib Imam of
> Fatehpuri
> Masjid Maulana Muhammad Muazzam Ahmed and members of
> the Muslim Personal Law Board (MPLB) Mr Kamal
> Farooqui
> and Maulana Abdul Wahab Khilji met the chief
> minister
> again. The meeting was attended by the Delhi chief
> secretary S. Regunathan, home secretary R.
> Narainswamy
> and the DDA vice chairman Madhukar Gupta. They took
> stock of the entire situation and the circumstances
> that led to the demolition. They too will join in
> for
> the meeting with the Lt. governor on Sunday.
> The Delhi government reiterated its position in the
> slew of meetings with the Muslim leaders on Saturday
> that it was unaware of the developments and DDA had
> not informed the government of its activity.
> Apparently aware of the goof up, the chief minister
> in
> no mood to let anybody draw political mileage out of
> the issue and stake amity, the sources said
> ----
> Asian Age, 01.01.2005:
> Drama as Bukhari stopped at CM office
> - By Our Correspondent
> New Delhi, Dec. 31: The Shahi Imam of the Jama
> Masjid,
> Maulana Syed Ahmed Bukhari, met Delhi chief minister
> Sheila Dikshit on Friday and expressed his
> resentment
> over the recent demolition of a mosque near Yamuna
> Pushta by the Delhi Development Authority. He told
> the
> CM that he would decide his further course of action
> after meeting her again on Saturday.
> Earlier, when he tried to enter the Delhi
> Secretariat
> along with his supporters, he was stopped by
> security
> personnel. He then refused to meet the chief
> minister
> in her office even after repeated requests by the
> latter. Finally, chief minister Sheila Dikshit
> herself
> came down and met the Shahi Imam.
> Prior to this, Mr Shoaib Iqbal, deputy speaker of
> the
> Delhi Assembly, had already objected to the
> demolition
> of the mosque by the DDA. He had prevented the
> demolition of the same mosque on two earlier
> occasions, when the DDA was on a demolition drive.
> Addressing a joint press conference with Nationalist
> Congress Party MLA Ramveer Singh Bidhuri on
> Thursday,
> Mr Iqbal said, "The way DDA officials demolished the
> mosque, it will create a law and problem in the
> area.
> I had written several letters to the
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