India: Karbala land grab case involving Ahmed Patel takes bloody turn, Shia activist murdered
April 1, 2019, 2:50 pm
A Shia activist fighting to save the Karbala land in upscale Jor Bagh area in Delhi from alleged land grabbers was shot in daylight on Monday, right in front of his house in Ghaziabad’s Loni.
Shabbar Zaidy, a vocal supporter of the ‘Save Karbala Jor Bagh Land Movement’, was shot in the head just a day after he presided over the ‘Save Waqf Conference’. Guardians of the waqf land see this as no coincidence.
Zaharul Hassan, manager of Anjuman-e-Haidari which takes care of waqf properties in Jor Bagh’s Aliganj including the holy Karbala grounds and Dargah-e-Mardan, is in shock. He lodged a complaint on Wednesday with the Delhi police commissioner, Union home minister and the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), among others, alleging that senior Congress leader and Gandhi family loyalist Ahmed Patel had been continuously threatening him and fellow activists of the Shia body, including general secretary Bahadur Abbas Naqvi. Patel, they allege, is the force behind those trying to illegally lay claim on the holy land worth hundreds of crores.
The case is in the Patiala House Court. The complainant has requested police protection, citing threat to their lives.
When MyNation called up Patel’s residence in Delhi for a response, his assistant said the Congress leader was not at home and that he would call us when he was back. The story will be updated if and when Patel responds.
MyNation was the first to report that Patel had been accused of attempting to grab 2.5 acres of Karbala Jor Bagh land and had landed in legal trouble over the matter.
‘Life at risk, need protection’
Hassan has been spearheading the legal battle to save the religious land from falling into the clutches of a group he maintains is led by Patel. He had moved the Patiala House Court against Patel, who was served notice. Hassan was allegedly assaulted when he went to paste the notice at Patel’s Mother Teresa Crescent residence.