No Terror Funding in Haryana Mosque Construction: Delhi Government Panel

Under constrution Khulafa-e-Rashideen Masjid in Uttawar village in Palwal district.

According to DMC committe report, local Muslims and Hindus have together donated 10 acres of land for the construction of the mosque and a madrassa.

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NEW DELHI — A fact-finding committee of the Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) did not find any evidence showing that terrorist organisation’s money was used in the construction of a mosque in Haryana’s Palwal, according to its report released on Wednesday.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) a fortnight ago had claimed that the Khulafa-e-Rashideen Masjid in Uttawar village in Palwal district was being constructed with the financial support from Pakistani terrorist outfit Lashkar-e Taiba and had arrested some local Muslims for allegedly receiving the funds.

Though the NIA claim was rejected by village headman and other local people, the Delhi Minoritie Commision had constituted a committee, led by human rights activist and DMC advisor Ovais Sultan, to find out the truth by visiting the site and talking to police, administration, officials of the local panchayat, people of the area and members of the affected families in order to reach to the bottom of the issue.

“The committee did not come across any evidence to state that the terror funding was received for the construction of the Khulafa-e-Rashideen mosque in Uttawar in Palwal, as was alleged in media reports quoting anonymous NIA sources,”  Mr Ovais said.

The panel had visited the village, where the mosque is located, on October 20.

As per the report of the DMC, local Muslims and Hindus have together donated 10 acres of land for the construction of the mosque and a madrassa, as reported earlier also.

Accused Salman, a resident of the Nizamuddin area in New Delhi who was reportedly in regular touch with a Dubai-based Pakistani national, who in turn is connected to the Deputy Chief of Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation, also donated some money for it after selling his ancestral land in the village, Mr Ovais said.

He said that the mosque belongs to Tablighi Jamaat whereas, LeT and FIF belong to Salafi school of thought and the two do not agree with each others’ teachings and practices.

“So, there is no question of collaboration between them or funds being given to the mosque,” Mr Ovais said.

In July, the NIA had filed a case to probe the terror funding module linked to Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation — a front organisation of the banned terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

The committee has also recommended the chairman of Delhi Minorities Commission to write to the Union Home Secretary about “procedural lapses” in the case being probed by the NIA and issue an advisory to all media houses and agencies to be careful in reporting the alleged terror-related cases, reports PTI.

(With inputs from PTI)



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