Charminar: Once a final resting place for hundreds of people, Oontwadi graveyard that lies over 3,000 sq yards in Jummerat Bazaar has now turned into a stable of 50 horses, camels and a heap of litter. The graveyard that belongs to Waqf land was again encroached upon after Waqf Board chairman Mohammed Saleem last year had visited the graveyard and removed all encroachments.
A Times of India report quoting a Waqf activist said that the auditor inspector of the area is aware of the encroachment but does not pay any regard. “The auditor inspector of the area, who happens to take that route almost every day, is aware of the encroachment but hasn’t submitted a report on the issue to the Waqf board,” he said.
According to the Waft activists, it is not a single case of Waqf property encroachment. Other waqf properties that have been encroached are in Attapur, Puranapul, Jiyaguda and Karwan. The people have been using these properties and graveyards for setting up workshops and building houses.
Of Telangana State Waqf Board’s 77,677 acres land, 89 percent is under encroachment or in legal dispute, the TOI report adds.