Mathura authority cuts power supply of Shahi Idgah mosque

Mathura | Updated: 06 February, 2023 10:44 am IST
According to the FIR, Shahi Idgah mosque was acquiring electricity from a tower outside the mosque without having it legally fixed.
According to the FIR, Shahi Idgah mosque was acquiring electricity from a tower outside the mosque without having it legally fixed.

The electricity supply at Shahi Idgah mosque was cut out on Sunday for having an illegal electricity connection. This was done by a joint team of Mathura police and the electricity department after an FIR by Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Mukti Nirman Trust.

Tanveer Ahmed, the secretary of the Shahi Idgah Masjid Committee has also been fined for the same.

According to the FIR, Shahi Idgah mosque was acquiring electricity from a tower outside the mosque without having it legally fixed. “The 30-metre black cable goes inside the mosque and is connected with the mosque’s Low Tension line. The complaint is filed under Anti-power theft act. The authority for looking after electricity in the mosque is Tanveer Ahmed, secretary of the Shahi Idgah Masjid Committee,” read the complaint.

An FIR has been booked in the matter under section 135 of the Electricity Act, 2003, at Krishna Nagar Police Station.

This move by Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Mukti Nirman Trust comes even as it is locked in a legal battle with the Shahi Idgah mosque over the mosque property.

The fist petition regarding the ownership of 13.37-acre land where the Shahi Idgah mosque now stands was filed in September 2020 by Lucknow-based Ranjana Agnihotri and six others on behalf of “Bhagwan Sri Krishna Virajman”.

In December Hindu right-wing group Hindu Sena claimed that the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb constructed the Idgah by demolishing a temple on 13.37 acres of land of Lord Krishna’s birthplace.

The Hindu Sena petition also challenges the agreement made in the year 1968 between Shri Krishna Janmasthan Seva Sangh vs Shahi Masjid Idgah.

The Court of Senior Division issued an order to have a survey of the disputed site by the Archaeological Survey of India. The hearing is due on February 10 in Mathura court.

The order is on the same lines as a Varanasi court that ordered a videography survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid.

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