Mosque sealed in Karnataka's Belagavi to please extremists
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Municipal officials have sealed a mosque in Belagavi district in the Indian state of Karnataka alleging converting a private house into a Masjid is a violation of norms.
According to the 24NewsHD TV channel, BJP leaders and Hindu activists have objected to the conversion of a residential house into a mosque. They claim that they have problems wherever Muslims pray.
Fulfilling the demands of the Hindu extremists, the municipality officials sealed the building just after five days it opened in Sarathinagar of Belagavi.
Last week, the former BJP MLA and several Hindu groups raised objections to the conversion of a residential house into a mosque that it 'Fathima Masjid'. Now, Hindu groups have demanded that the Belagavi district administration and corporation should vacate the mosque.
The authorities cited that the nature of the structure was changed without intimating the agency. They stated that the conversion of a residential house into a mosque is 'illegal' and not acceptable.
Locals claim that the property's owner donated it to the Moulana Abdul Kalam Educational and Charitable Society. But it was converted into a mosque and handed over to the Waqf Board.
The activists have held a meeting with the local residents in this regard and started a movement to vacate the masjid from the locality under the leadership of former BJP MLA Sanjay Patil.
Known scholar Prof Dr Ashok Swain also raised the issue on social media.
Taking to Twitter, Professor of peace and conflict research at Uppsala University Sweden Ashok Swain highlighted the act of Hindu extremists.
Officials have sealed a mosque in Karnataka, India, because of the demands from Hindu supremacist groups! The claim is that a private house has been converted to a mosque. They have problems wherever Muslims pray! pic.twitter.com/KA7b8j6S0k— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) January 16, 2023