Chhattisgarh congressional government called on to deal with Pakistan-based outfit
Former cabinet minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) head Brijmohan Agarwal on Sunday (January 2) made serious allegations against the congressional government led by Bhupesh Baghel in Chhattisgarh.
The former minister called a press conference in Raipur and said the Baghel government was ready to allocate 25 acres of land to a Pakistan-based organization. The government has already published an announcement asking for a claim-objection on the same thing.
In response to the massive political outcry that followed, the Raipur District Administration has now released a clarification claiming that the application relating to the Dawat-e-Islami case was quashed and rejected in the initial phase itself.
What are the allegations?
MP Brijmohan Agrawal, speaking to reporters, said: “There are 5,000 such requests in the state, in which many people and many organizations and institutions have been looking for land for a ‘community building’ . These people have been informed by the Chhattisgarh government that it cannot allocate land larger than 750 acres. ”
“But on the other hand, the government has invited claims-objections for 25 acres of land so that it can donate it to a registered institution in Pakistan. The government has spent thousands of rupees on plantations on the same land the advertisement was advertised for, ”he added.
The former minister further informed that the Dawat-e-Islami organization is headed by Maulana Ilyas Qadri. Speaking about Maulana Qadri’s “Pakistani connection”, Agrawal said that this Pakistan-based institution is carrying out forced conversions to Islam and is also responsible for promoting terrorism in India.
Clarification by Raipur District Administration
Devendra Patel, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Raipur, informed that the request of the Dawat-e-Islami Raipur Institution (Chhattisgarh), was rejected in the initial phase itself.
On January 28, 2021, a request was made on behalf of the Dawat-e-Islami organization by a man named Syed Kalim to the tax collector’s office for the allocation of 10 hectares of land to Boria Khurd for the construction of a community building.
In accordance with the preliminary process, upon receipt of the request, a memorandum was issued by the Additional Tahsildar for the publication of an announcement. After the publication of the advertisement, the petitioner appeared in the court of the Additional Tehsildar and withdrew his claim, saying that he had mistakenly written the area of 10 hectares, when he only needed 10,000 square feet.
The Khasra number mentioned in the application form is also wrong.
Devendra Patel said the Tehsildar court’s request overturned the request on January 1, 2022 and the case has been closed. The SDM has informed that a notice is being served on the Land Allocation Officer (Collectorate) and the Additional Tehsildar for errors in the publication of the said announcement.
What is Dawat-e-Islami?
According to them, the Dawat-e-Islami, literally “invitation to Islam”, is a non-political world organization that works for the propagation of Koran and Sunna in the whole world. It was established in 1981 in Karachi, Pakistan, by Maulana Ilyas Qadri.
Dawat-e-Islami became the main supporter of Barelvi Sunni Islam – following the Sunna (traditions of the Prophet of Islam), recitation of devotional poems such as naat, and expressing deep respect for sufi saints.
It offers online courses in Islamic studies and operates a television channel, Madani Channel – but strictly prohibits any footage of women or female members seen in public, even if their faces are veiled.
In recent years, the organization has not only become the new face of Islamic extremism in Pakistan, but now has a significant presence in many key states in India.
The organization has spearheaded violent protests against those accused of blasphemy and has been at the forefront of organizing many Islamic congregations across the country.
In December 2018, the Dawat-e-Islami was refused permission to hold a ijtema (Islamic Religious Congregation) in Telangana after several local Muslim groups and BJP MP Raja Singh staged a protest over the group’s terrorist links.
Muslim groups in Telangana then said any meeting organized by Dawat-e-Islami would disturb the peace and deepen the rift between Sunnis and Shia Muslims.
It is interesting to note that at the beginning of 2019, the organization again organized a ijtema in Hubli, Karnataka, which was openly supported and endorsed by Congressman Prasad Abbayya, who previously sparked controversy by seeking help and votes from the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) – the political wing of the Islamist terrorist-linked group Popular Front of India (PFI).
Under this pretext, while the Raipur district administration has clarified that Dawat-e-Islami’s candidacy has already been quashed, it is only imperative to ask why and how Pakistan-based terrorist-related groups even manage to succeed. continue their radical operations in the country, and are even allowed to make requests to receive concessions and land from the state.