Village fights its battle to rebuild mosque wall demolished on orders of IAS officer Durga Shakti
- he mosque's wall was demolished on July 27 on orders and under the supervision of area SDM Durkga Shakti Nagpal. Nagpal, said to be actively involved in crackdowns on the illegal sand mining groups operating along the river belt, was promptly suspended by the state government soon after the demolition came to light. The suspension saw the state's IAS lobby rally behind their colleague, who they say was only discharging her duty.
However, the villagers do not care for such bureaucratic speak. "We were building the Mecca Masjid, bit-by-bit with the help of donations from other villagers and well wishers of all faiths, the SDM came on Saturday, July 27 and just ordered the demolition without any warning," said Fateh Mohammed, 50, who claims he and other village elders pleaded with Nagpal to give the village some time before taking action.
The SDM was not in a mood to talk, say villagers, while she did not misbehave or use offensive language she came with a posse of PAC constables, a fire tender and even an ambulance with her. This cavalcade of state machinery, say villages was enough to intimidate them into submission. "How could we simple people fight against so much sarkari strength," says Mohammed, who now sits with other village elders to think up a plan of action.
At the moment the community is on a very short fuse, and the villagers want to .................................................
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