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Demolition of Masjid-e-Khaja Mahmood in Shamsabad: Protestors arrested

The mosque was constructed three years ago and daily five times namaz, including Friday prayers, were being performed regularly.

Hyderabad: Municipal authorities at Shamsabad demolished a mosque on the outskirts of Hyderabad where daily five times namaz was being offered. Protesters, led by AIMIM incharge of Rajendra Nagar Assembly constituency, Mirza Rahmath Baig have been arrested by the Police.

Masjid-e-Khaja Mahmood in Green Avenue colony was demolished early morning on Tuesday amid heavy police presence. The move led to strong protest by local Muslim residents and leaders.

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Leaders of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and the Majlis Bachao Tehreek (MBT) visited the site and lodged their protest.

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MBT leader Amjedullah Khan shared the pictures of the site saying that the mosque was constructed three years ago and daily five times namaz, including Friday prayers, were being performed regularly.

He pointed out that Green Avenue Colony on 15 acres of land was plotted and sold after due permission from Shamsabad Grampanchayat. Two plots of 250 square yards were marked as a site for masjid. Ummid.com reported.

A person, whose house is beside the mosque, along with some other residents, is said to have complained to Shamsabad Municipal authorities against the construction of the mosque.

The MBT leader said that the municipal authorities have hurt the religious sentiments by demolishing the mosque though the case was in the court.

Staging sit-in at the municipal office, AIMIM’s local leaders demanded action against the officials responsible for demolition and immediate reconstruction of the mosque.

Condemning the demolition, Muslim leaders urged the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government to take immediate action against those responsible.

Alleging that that the TRS government headed by KCR has been following in the footsteps of BJP’s Yogi government, MBT leader Khan claimed that since the TRS party came to power in 2014, six mosques were demolished in Telangana.

Questioning the silence of those Muslims organisations and politicians who claim KCR as a secular leader, Amjadullah Khan said the demolition was carried out by the Municipal Department headed by KCR’s son K.T. Rama Rao.

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