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‘Evict encroachers from wakf land’

Comments Off on ‘Evict encroachers from wakf land’   |   November 17, 2013    08:35am   |Contributed by manoja

HYDERABAD: The AP State Minority Commission has decided to ask the CEO of the AP State Wakf Board to file petitions in the State Wakf Tribunal seeking its direction to have illegal occupiers evicted from the wakf lands in Aloor and Malkajgiri.

“We have received two different petitions from people connected with the wakf land belonging to Maqdoom Biyabai Dargah in Aloor and a shrine in Malkajgiri and other villages. On preliminary inquiry we found that the land belongs to the dargahs there. The respective tahsildars have submitted records before the commission that clearly say that the land is in illegal occupation. Unless it is retrieved and handed over to the representatives of the dargahs, nothing can be done with that property whose value runs in hundreds of crore,” APSMC chairman Abid Rasool Khan said.

According to the petition filed by Mohammed Faizullah, Mutawalli of Dargah Maqdoom Biyabani, nearly 1300 acres of land that belongs to the dargah have been encroached and sold away illegally. The dargah is located in Aloor village of Chevella mandal of Ranga Reddy district. “This is the same land where the government of late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy wanted to develop an electronic park. The then government had given authority to APIIC to negotiate with the mutawalli (caretaker) as well as the wakf officials to get them to agree to its proposal. But at that time no one agreed to the proposal,” sources said.

They also said that some of the occupiers are willing to part with their possession provided they are compensated. The market rate of the land is about Rs 16 lakh per acre, the sources informed. Alternatively, the direction of the Wakf Tribunal and the help of the government can be sought to have the encroachers evicted from the property, they said.

Similar situation prevails in Malkajgiri (384 acres), Attapur (660 acres) and other villages where wakf land is located. “The case here is more complicated. Nevertheless, according to the amended Wakf Act the tribunal can direct eviction after listening to the parties involved in the dispute. The CEO of the Wakf Board will be asked to take the necessary course of action in this regard,” Khan said.


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