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UP Waqf board denies setting up probe against Durga

By EMN Updated: Aug 08, 2013 12:39 am


The UP Sunni Central Waqf Board has rejected media reports that it has ordered an inquiry into the role of Durga Shakti Nagpal in the demolition of an under-construction wall of a mosque at Kadalpur Village in Greater Noida. “I was aghast to see reports in a section of the media that the Sunni Central Waqf Board was happy with the role of the suspended IAS officer. The reporter did not care to cross-check the facts with us,” board’s chairman Zufar Ahmed Farooqui told Hindustan Times.
Qadir Khan Jayswal, secretary of the board-appointed Hazrat Syed Bhureshah Committee, had on Monday praised Nagpal’s role in getting waqf land in the region cleared of encroachments.
Distancing the board from Jayswal’s statement, Farooqui said: “Views expressed by an individual or a member of a dargah committee appointed by the waqf board does not reflect the opinion or stand of the board on the issue.”
Similarly, UP waqf minister Mohd Azam Khan on Tuesday said the board had not received any complaint about the land on which the mosque was coming up. He said the role of various committees of the waqf board was limited to solving the disputes related to waqf properties
Farooqui said a showcause notice was being issued to Jayswal, who has been summoned to Lucknow to explain his conduct. “We have 1.40 lakh waqf properties registered with us. Each property is looked after by a management committee of 10 members. This means that around 14 lakh people are associated with us but their views does not represent the stand of the board on any issue,” he said.
He refused to set up a probe into the demolition of the wall. “We are, however, expecting a delegation from Kadalpur Village to apprise us about the incident after Eid,” he said.
Relying on media reports, senior Muslim clerics said the matter should have been handled carefully.
“Even if the wall of the mosque was illegal, she should not have initiated the action after Maghrib (evening) prayers, that too during Ramzan. It would certainly have flared up tension in the area,” Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali, Imam Eidgah, said.
“I don’t buy the argument that she has been suspended for demolishing a wall. But she should have first tried to persuade the villagers and taken action only as a last resort,” said Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad.

Will ‘expose’ Nagpal’s family background: UP minister

After controversially suspending her, Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party has now threatened to ‘expose’ which “family she (Durga Shakti Nagpal) belongs to”.
On Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ahmad Hasan told reporters that he has received “information” about Durga’s family.
“Which family does Nagpal belong to? You will come to know when we will expose it… then you will regret. Whom are you encouraging? She has destroyed the credibility of IAS cadre,” the minister said.
Hasan went on to call the suspended IAS officer a liar.
The minister made these comments in the presence of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at the latter’s residence at an event held to unveil animal husbandry and dairy development projects.
The minister said that by ordering the razing of an under construction boundary wall of a mosque in a Noida village, Nagpal had threatened communal harmony.
The Uttar Pradesh government suspended Nagpal, a sub-divisional magistrate in Noida, after charging her with ordering the demolition of a mosque wall. She denied the charge.
It is widely believed that Samajwadi Party leaders were upset that she had cracked down on a mafia extracting sand illegally from rivers beds in the region.

By EMN Updated: Aug 08, 2013 12:39:23 am