By Danish Ahmad Khan
New Delhi/Hyderabad: Ilyas Ahmed, a Muslim farmer, tried to commit suicide by consuming pesticide. The victim took the extreme step after the Telangana government acquired his land and handed over to Golf Course in Fort area in Hyderabad. Mr. Ahmed’s two brothers also attempted suicide by pouring kerosene. The victim was admitted to Premier Hospital in the city. Majlis Bachao Tehreek (MBT) leader Amjed Ullah Khan soon after hearing the news rushed to the hospital and met the victim seeking his welfare.
Amjed Ullah Khan, a young dynamic leader heads a breakaway faction of Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM, and has been constantly struggling through his party MBT to uphold the ideals for which the AIMIM was formed. Mr. Khan is also an Ex-Corporator of Azampura Division falling under Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.
During his meeting with Mr. Khan the victim Mr Ahmed lamented that nearly 52 acres of their farming land belonging to 54 farmers on which nearly 500 family members are depended was taken on 29th Oct 2013 for making National Bird Sanctuary by the state government and were promised that they will be given compensation or land will be given near Hyderabad. But the said land was given to Golf Course by the state government. Since then they had been approaching the District Collector, Hyderabad, and concerned Ministers but no action was taken to allot them the land or compensation.
They even met present Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao of TRS who was then heading movement for a separate Telangana and he promised that once Telangana state is formed and his party comes to power he will solve their problem, but leave alone solving their problem the same K Chandrasekhar Rao after becoming the Chief Minister visited the Golf Course at Golconda Fort area and even inaugurated some portions of it.
Mr Ilyas and other farmers and residents of Golconda area told MBT leader Amjed Ullah Khan that not only their farming land was handed over to a private party Golf Course but even the Wakf land of Masjid E Mustafa Khan (28.11 Acres) in Survey No: 40 and 13 acres belonging to Masjid E Mullah Khayali was also handed over to the managing committee of Golf Course. The local Muslim leaders approached with the then late Afsar Khan MIM party MLA of Karwan Assembly Constituency and even met Asaduddin Owaisi, Member of Parliament of Hyderabad and AIMIM Party President. Mr. Owaisi did not provide any kind of help in this regard and even kept quite on all Illegal activities of Managing Committee of Golf Course. The local Muslims gave number of representations to the then Chairman Wakf Board and also the Special Officer Wakf Board but no action was taken to protect the damage to Wakf properties by Golf Course. The local Muslims along with Syed Aziz Pasha (Ex MP) CPI gave a dharna at the office of Wakf Board at Nampally, but all were arrested and kept in Illegal detention at Banjara Hill police station.
The said affected farmers even tried to meet K Chandrasekhar Rao, Chief Minister, during his visit to Golconda Fort during flag hoisting on 15th Aug but were denied and only their application was taken and assured of necessary help by his personal secretary but till today no action was taken till today.
Aggrieved by no help from the state government or AIMIM and no livelihood to serve their families, Ilyas Ahmed and his two brothers tried to attempt suicide but were saved by timely help by local people. Mr. Ahmed and his brothers had warned the government and AIMIM that if their land is not given back or compensation is given to them they will commit suicide along with entire family in future.
MBT leader Amjed Ullah Khan has assured that he will represent the said matter with K Chandrasekhar Rao, Chief Minister, and also Mehmood Ali, Deputy Chief Minister, who also holds the revenue portfolio, and see that their issued is settled amicable. Mr. Khan also assured that he will meet the Special Officer Wakf Board also to know about the facts of Wakf land of Masjid E Mustafa Khan (28.11 Acres) in Survey No: 40 and 13 acres belonging to Masjid E Mullah Khayali being given to Golf Course.
[Danish Ahmad Khan, currently based at New Delhi, is Founder-Editor of India’s First Online Muslim Newspaper “IndianMuslimObserver.com”. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his Mobile # +91 9990179721]