As many as 4000 families face eviction in Uttarakhand’s Haldwani area after the high court had ordered the demolition following a Hindu right wing sympathiser approached the court claiming the Muslim dominant locality is an encroachment on a piece of Indian Railway land.
Now, the residents of the locality have moved the Supreme Court challenging the high court’s order.
The Muslim residents in the area who have been protesting the demolition move, alleges that the government is encroaching upon Muslim houses, shops and lands in Haldwani.
They also claimed that they have government schools, tanks and registration papers since generations. “How were these made on railway land?” ask the demonstrators.
On Tuesday, 3 January, the Muslim women in the area staged a protest against the demolition move. The Muslim women recited poems and prayed during the protest.
The congregational prayer was performed in Haldwani in view of eviction notices being served on hundreds of Muslim families. Thousands of children, women and elders participated in the prayer “for relief”.
Imam of Masjid Umar, Maulana Mukim Qasmi led the prayer.
Journalist Meer Faisal clicks the photographs from the protest site: