Muslims, Sena mull tie- up in Nashik polls

FPJ BureauUpdated: Sunday, June 02, 2019, 09:01 AM IST
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AFTAB KHAN Nashik Muslims in Nashik will soon be holding talks of an alliance with the Shiv Sena for the forthcoming Nashik Municipal Corporation elections, reliable reports said.

” We are disillusioned with the Congress and NCP. Both are

the same. They use the minorities and then discard them after their purpose is served. We have taken Ramdas Athawalealt39s stance”, a senior leader, who refused to be identified, told FPJ. ” Today we have to fight, hold demonstrations and petition the courts for land meant for us”, he added.

The major issue here is the cemetery reserved by Cidco. The administration does not want to give it because it is a prime piece of land. Cidco has informed NMC that a plot measuring 4473 sq mt has been reserved for a Muslim cemetery in Magh sector near Bhujbal farm and stated that it had handed over all facilities like gardens, playgrounds to NMC. NMC has suggested Pelican Park which is under litigation and is opposed by the local people. When Cidco developed the New Nashik area, it reserved space for cremation and a cemetery. A cemetery has been reserved and developed and is functioning in New Mumbai Cidco area.

Later Cidco asked NMC to take over the administration of the land, being a local body, and hand it to any Muslim trust for execution.

Through a letter dated 11- 12- 2003, Cidco informed NMC that a plot measuring 4473 sq mt had been reserved for Muslim cemetery and asked NMC to pay the alt39alt39 symbolicalt39alt39 Re one. Later

Cidco sent another letter dated 18- 10- 2005 informing that Cidco has developed the neighbourhood and a plot measuring 5338 sq mt had been reserved for Muslim cemetery.

The Cidco Masjid Trust, which is handling the issue approached the Mumbai High Court. The HC through its order dated 2- 12- 2010 directed NMC to take over the land and allow the Muslim community to use it before December 2010.

Through another order dated 14- 12- 2010, the HC directed NMC to take an appropriate decision without insisting on wall fencing as the community had to take the bodies to a cemetery located five km away. Still NMC continued with its procrastination and a meeting was held by Guardian Minister Chhagan Bhujbal on 5- 3- 2011 which turned out to be a meeting on paper.

First, some community members took a body to the NMC Cidco office grounds, dug a grave and attempted to bury the body. The NMC appealed for time and urged the Community to bury elsewhere. It was done. The Community later took another body to the NMC Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan headquarters and held Prayer for the dead.

Again the NMC assured the Community that the land would be handed over after the NMC general body meeting discusses the issue.

The General Body took over the issue and decided to constitute a committee to solve it. The Committee has not yet been formed. On Thursday, Muslims took another body and attempted to bury it in the NMC Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan complex.

The Mayor Naina Gholap assured a delegation led by Ex Dy Mayor Gulam Shaikh that the issue would be solved.

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