Many Muslims gathered at the mosque to register their protest against the sinister act ostensibly undertaken to hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims and thereby instigate disturbance in the area.
NEW DELHI – The police in Hyderabad registered an FIR against unknown people after a Hindu mob broke into a historic mosque, Masjid-e-Qutub Shahi, at the Raidugram area to perform religious rituals on Sunday.
According to siasat.com, a 100-150 strong mob trespassed into the mosque premises, performed religious rituals and allegedly sacrificed a sheep after going into hillocks. The incident created ruckus in the area with many Muslims gathering at the mosque to register their protest against the sinister act ostensibly undertaken to hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims and thereby instigate disturbance in the area.
Meanwhile, the police reportedly reached the spot and prevented a clash between two communities.
A police official said, “The other group is claiming that the government had allocated some land there for a temple which is situated at the spot where they reached on Sunday morning for their rituals. There is confusion about the boundary of the mosque land and the temple and ownership. The confusion resulted in tension.”
A status Quo has been ordered to be maintained until Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to conduct a survey and demarcate the land.
However, local people pointed out that the temple never existed at the land. The claim of the temple is being made only after the mob broke into the mosque and performed the rituals. Some land mafia is trying to grab the land by constructing a temple, they said.
The police have filed a case under IPC Section 447 (Punishment for criminal trespass), 427 (House trespass) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on the complaint of a member of the masjid committee.
Talking about the incident, AIMMIM MLA Kauser Mohiuddin said, “At around 10:30 am, after receiving information about trespassing at the Masjid e Qutb Shahi at Malkam Cheruvu on instructions of AIMIM president Barrister Asaduddin Owaisi. I reached out to CP Cyberabad and Collector Ranga Reddy. The officials assured of immediate action on the incident.”
Leaders of the Congress party also visited the spot on Sunday and spoke to Wakf Board officials and chairman Mohd Masiullah Khan on the issue.
Reacting to the incident, Prof. Ashok Swain described the intrusion as a “repeat of Babri”.
“Babri repeats in South India! In Hyderabad, a Hindu right wing crowd forcibly entered Qutub Shahi mosque area and has installed an idol,” he tweeted.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi met Rangareddy Collector on Monday to discuss the land row at Masjid-e-Qutb Shahi