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Photos: Masjid Akhondji demolition breaks Muslim neighbourhood in Delhi’s Mehrauli

Suhail Sheikh, 29, overcome with grief, shed tears in front of the entrance of Akhonji Masjid, the revered home of Madrasa Bahrul Uloom and sacred graves.

The Masjid Akhondji, a mosque complex standing for over six centuries housing a madrasa and a graveyard, was demolished. The action comes only a few months after the DDA assured the Delhi High Court it would not demolish any mosque or archival graves and other legitimate properties owned by the Delhi Waqf Board in and around the Mehrauli Archaeological Park in response to a petition by the Delhi Waqf Board.

The demolition happened in secrecy and the area of action was sealed off to the public, including journalists. People gathered near the police barricades to see the aftermath of their action

Delhi Police sealed off access to the historic Akhonji Masjid, home to Madrassa Bahrul Uloom and sacred graves, following its sudden demolition without any prior notice. Post the Ram Mandir inauguration, a prevailing belief among the minority population suggests that mosques are under threat due to political motives.

The fear is that the demolition of mosques serves as a strategy for gaining votes, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) allegedly using religious sentiments to their advantage.

Muslim man patiently waits outside the sealed entrance of the historic Akhonji Masjid, where his mother rests in the sacred graves, the weight of heritage loss and personal grief intertwined in the silence.

Dozens of children were resident students of the Madarasa had to be shifted in the chaos. Boys said they were not allowed to take the belongings during the demolition drive.

Mohammad Arhan, 10, on the left, and Mohammad Afzal, 12, on the right, brave the bone-chilling Delhi winter without shoes, walking approximately 2km to Madrasa Kala Mahal in Mehrauli during the demolition of Bahrul Uloom madrasa where they use to study earlier.
Sameer Tabreef Khan, 24, stands outside Akhonji Masjid, where sacred graves, including the one where his mother Ishrat U Nisa was laid to rest during the COVID-19 pandemic, have been demolished.
Sameer Tabreef Khan, 24, stands outside Akhonji Masjid, where sacred graves, including the one where his mother Ishrat U Nisa was laid to rest during the COVID-19 pandemic, have been demolished.
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