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Delhi Minorities Commission team in Palwal to probe mosque terror funding charge

Monday October 22, 2018 9:06 AM, News Network

Haryana Palwal Mosque Terror Funding

New Delhi: Delhi Minorities Commission has constituted a high level fact finding team which is in Palwal. Haryana to probe the charges levelled by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) against the management and trust of Khulafa-e-Rashideen mosque.

The committee will tour the area, talk to police, administration, officials of the local panchayat, people of the area and members of the affected families in order to reach to the bottom of the issue.

"The committee will tour the area and will also meet in Hazrat Nizamuddin in Delhi the affected families some of whose members have been arrested over the alleged foreign funding of the mosque in the village near Palwal", Dr Zafarul Islam Khan, Chairman of the Delhi Minorities Commission, said.

The team reached Palwal Saturday.

The committee is headed by well-known Human Rights activist Ovais Sultan Khan, member of DMC’s advisory committee, Sardar Gurmindar Singh Matharu, member of Sikh Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee Amritsar, and well-known advocate and human rights worker Abu Bakr Sabbaq.

"The committee will present its report to the Commission which will be released sometime in this week in a press conference", Dr Zafarul Islam Khan said.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had in the last week claimed that the Khulafa-e-Rashideen mosque in Palwal, Haryana was built using the funds received from a Pakistan based terror organisation.

However, the residents, including the village head, however denied the NIA claim saying the mosque was actually built by the money donated by the villagers and local people.

“The land has been obtained legally and people from many villages have funded the construction of this mosque," Ramesh Prajapati, the headman of Uttawar village, is quoted by news agency ANI.

Local villagers also said that the entire story of alleged terror funding is the result of a court battle between the villagers and some families squatting on the mosque land.

“Because we are trying to evict them, it appears someone has given this wrong information to the police. No one in the village can believe such a thing. Salman comes from a very reputed family in the village. No one from his family has ever had a criminal case against them,” Khalid Hussain, the son of former Uttawar Sarpanch, Akhtar Hussain, is quoted by The Indian Express.

“In Islam, betraying the nation is a sin. Hafiz Saeed is a foreigner. A God-fearing man like Salman would never align with him,” Mohammed Salman’s cousin Yaqub (77) said.

Uttawar residents also said that Salman’s late father, Maulvi Dawood, is well-regarded among Muslims in the Mewat region. He migrated to Delhi more than 50 years ago and was an Imam of a famous mosque in Nizamuddin till his death. For Uttawar, he was an authority on Islam and had the final say in all disputes in the village. He had imparted the same knowledge to his oldest son Salman, the villagers said.

“That is why when in 2009 the village earmarked 10 acres for the mosque and the work began the next year, Salman was not only made the in-charge of mosque construction and fund collection, but also its Imam. There was no one else in the village better suited for this because of his pedigree,” said Mohammed Saad, who runs the mosque Madarsa.

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