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Shiva idol placed in a mosque causes uproar

Shiva idol placed in a mosque causes uproar
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A Shiva idol allegedly miraculously appeared in a mosque in Neknampur road in Shaikpet on Tuesday leading to a furore among locals. This is the second...

Golkonda: A Shiva idol allegedly miraculously appeared in a mosque in Neknampur road in Shaikpet on Tuesday leading to a furore among locals. This is the second time in a span of four months that an idol was placed inside the mosque. There were betel leaves and beer bottles too placed beside the idol.

Karwan MLA Kausar Mohiuddin said a similar case was identified in January 2018, allegedly smuggled carved stones with vermilion were kept right outside the mosque.
Police reportedly detained four culprits identified as Kirpal Singh, Yogender Singh, Maya Bai and Naveen Singh under Sections 447 (Punishment for criminal trespass) and 295 (Injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) SHO Golkonda Mohd Munawar said “There is a government litigation which would be discussed by the officials and further information depends on the decision of the officials.”

In the meanwhile, locals raised slogans and gathered in front of the mosque that dates back to the Qutub Shahi period. Kauser Mohiuddin says, “Even in the first instance, a person was caught and when the community wanted to clean and whitewash the place, the mandal revenue officials stopped them.”

The Majilis Bachao Tehreek (MBT) members demanded strict action against the persons. Locals say that the mosque is not in use and taking this as an advantage some anti-social elements have begun playing mischief. When contacted, Rajender, caretaker of the mosque and employee of Heritage Telangana department says, “I have no idea when the idol was placed. It is a protected historical monument under Andhra Pradesh Ancient Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1960. The site has a tomb, mosque and elephant shelter.”

The tussle between Mandal Revenue Office (MRO) and Wakf Board has led to the disuse of the mosque. The Wakf Board states that the land belongs to them but the mandal revenue office claims land ownership over the land, because of which the mosque is unchecked and not developed. On Thursday afternoon, the MLA, Waqf Board officials and locals whitewashed the mosque, cleaned the debris and offered prayer.

BY Mayank Tiwari

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