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Tuesday, January 31 2023

‘Trouble creator’ grave turns out to be foundation of Bill payment counter!

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Belagavi: A grave that reportedly surfaced during demolition of a utility counter of Belagavi City Corporation at Khanjar Galli here in September was dug up on Wednesday after the Muslim community leaders declared it fake.

The surfacing of the grave had sparked a sense of passion among the community members who insisted that the grave is the shrine of a Sufi saint. A section upholding this argument objected to construction of any structure on the site.

Stone pelting incidents were reported when the BJP tried to rake up the issue demanding immediate removal of the grave.

However, the issue saw a logical end on Wednesday night when Ulema (Muslim religious leaders) excavated the site and declared the grave to be fake.

The excavation that took place as per Shariah Law in presence of the Ulema and the Belagavi district administration declared that there were no human remains or even evidences of the same to claim that the grave was a ‘Mazar’ (shrine).

“Hence we unanimously declared it a fake grave,” said Syed Mohammad Tanveer Hashmi, a Sufi leader from Vijayapura who headed the team of Ulema.

Maulana Tajuddin Khadri of Hirebagewadi and Maulana Inamdar of Bashiban Dargah, Belagavi, were also present. Hashmi also said the “issue had been handled with great responsibility and thoroughly examined.”

The purported grave was in fact the foundation of the electricity payment counter that existed before.  With religious leaders clearing the confusion, the district administration and the police heaved a sigh of relief. Large number of police personnel were deployed at the site ever since the controversy erupted to prevent any untoward incident.

Deputy Commissioner N Jayaram, Police Commissioner S Ravi and Deputy Police Commissioner Anupam Agarwal camped at the site to monitor the situation.

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