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Dahod tense after authorities raze wall of Muslim cemetery

07, Sep 2015

The clash began when officials of the Dahod municipality, accompanied by those from the district administration and police, arrived at the Godhra road to bulldoze a green boundary wall leading to the cemetery.
Dahod remained tense on Sunday after locals clashed with authorities and pelted stones at them over demolition of a boundary wall of the Idgah Maidan Muslim Cemetery on the road to Godhra. Following the incident, 22 people have been held for rioting.
The wall, authorities said, was part of an encroachment and razed to facilitate extension of the road to ease traffic.However, a member of the Wakf board said that the authorities exceeded their brief as the matter was sub judice. The clash began when officials of the Dahod municipality, accompanied by those from the district administration and police, arrived at the Godhra road to bulldoze a green boundary wall leading to the cemetery.
The wall, authorities said, was pulled down as per a 2010 order of the Gujarat High Court. This came after a long-drawn legal battle with those in-charge of the cemetery which went in favour of the authorities.

 

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