Hindu groups protest Haj House construction in Ghaziabad

June 29th, 2008 - 8:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Ghaziabad, June 29 (IANS) At least 11 activists of the Shiv Sena and Hindu Mahasabha were arrested here Sunday as they tried to disrupt work at the under construction Haj House, which is proposed to be a halting place for Haj pilgrims from Uttar Pradesh. The foundation stone of the Haj House, to be built on the banks of Hindon River here, was laid by then chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav March 30, 2005.

Hindu groups led by the Bharatiya Janta Party, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Shiv Sena and Hindu Maha Sabha oppose the choice of the site saying that gas pipe lines of public sector companies pass below it.

“Haj House would be a public place accessible to all types of people and since gas pipe lines to the filling stations are passing through the same place, a small spark could explode the whole thing,” said Mahesh Ahuja, organizing secretary of Shiv Sena.

The activists also alleged that the work was going on despite a Allahabad High Court’s stay order.

“When the court has stopped the construction activities then how is the work still being allowed on the site,” asked Raj Kumar Tyagi, leader of Hindu Maha Sabha.

But the police officials said the stay order has been vacated by the high court.

Ghaziabad Superintendent Of Police Vijay Bhushan said: “There is no stay on the construction activities, we will not allow any one to disrupt work at the site.”

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