PANJIM: A Muslim Trust has urged Goa Human Rights Commission (GHRC) to direct the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) not to undertake any development within 3200 sq mtrs of St Inez kabrastan by demolishing the existing graves.
Meanwhile, CCP has decided to allow burial of bodies of persons of the Muslim community from St Cruz, Merces, Taleigao, Bambolim and Curca, till alternative arrangements on permanent basis are made.
The Azad Jamatul Muslimeen Welfare Trust, that had initially approached the Commission in December 2017 against the CCP decision not to allow burial of bodies of persons of the Muslim community at the cemetery from other areas, informed GHRC that it has already approached the National Commissioner for Minorities, New Delhi with their grievances.
CCP has proposed redevelopment of the integrated burial and cremations ground at St Inez that caters to the needs of Muslim and Christian communities. However, the Muslim community raised apprehensions after CCP issued an order banning burial of bodies of persons from outside Panjim and also over the proposed garden as the land is limited.
“We earnestly request you to direct CCP not to undertake any development within stipulated area of 3200 sq mtrs of Kabrastan that is development of graden and demolition of existing compound wall and demolishing the existing graves to facilitate the builders,” trust president Sayed Manzoor Kadri said in their submission.
CCP earlier informed GHRC that the surrounding villages do not have kabrastan facilities and hence should be taken up on priority by the concerned village panchayats.