[Original image of the Tuglaq era Tomb tweeted by DelhiHertiage. It is now painted in white and safforn. It is a listed heritage site but local residents claim it is a temple.]
New Delhi: Delhi Minorities Commission, taking sou motu cognizance of a press report about conversion of a tomb into temple in South Delhi, has issued notices to the area Deputy Commissioner of Police, Delhi Archaeology Department and Archaeological Survey of India.
Delhi Minorities Commission has asked these offices and departments to enquire into the incident and file reports about the conversion of a Tughlaq era tomb to a temple in Humayunpur village in Safdarjang Enclave area.
Delhi Minorities Commission has also asked these authorities to reply as to what security was provided to the said tomb, has an enquiry been conducted to find out the culprits and what action has been taken against them.
Delhi Minorities Commission also wanted to know from these authorities what action has been taken against people who are behind this conversion and what action is being taken to revert the said monument to its original shape.
Delhi Minorities Commission sou motu notice to the concerned departments came a day after Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia ordered a probe into the incident. In his order to the secretary, the deputy chief minister said that causing damage and harm to a heritage property was against the law and a serious offence.
"It is the duty of the state Archeology Department to ensure the protection of heritage monuments listed under them and take strict action in case of a lapse," Sisodia said in his order.
He said that the reported incident should be handled with zero tolerance by the department as it not only violated heritage related laws but also was an attempt to disturb peace and harmony in the area.
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