UP: No 'graveyards' for Muslims in Mulayam's Etawah constituency

Etawah, Oct 28: It seems that the Akhilesh Yadav-led Uttar Pradesh government has not 'invested enough' for the Muslims' cemetery facilities (graveyards) in their own constituency, Etawah, a report said on Monday.

According to a report, Muslims in SP Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav's home constituency, Etawah, are struggling to bury their dead relatives, as there is no space available in graveyards.

The Muslims in Etawah are now forced to bury their dead ones inside their homes - in bedrooms, courtyards, even toilets or even on roads.

The land has not been allotted to them for building graveyards even after several requests.

In Chakarnagar village of Etawah district, the poor and landless Muslims have constructed 'temporary graves' inside community members' home even as unaware children play on graveyards.

The Muslims in Etawah are now forced to bury their dead ones inside their homes.

Sullah Ahmed, a villager, regrets on the fact that he could not even bury her wife in a decent manner. He felt ashamed as he said that he had to bury his wife on the road side.

Another villager Alam Khan lamented that his children start crying as they have to sleep on their mother's grave.

The villagers reportedly even met Akhilesh Yadav in this matter, but it went futile.

However, Etawah DM P Guru Prasad has a different story to tell. He said that they are not accepting the land meant for graveyard in Chandai village which is 2 km away.

In 2012, the Uttar Pradesh government had issued a government order allocating Rs 200 crores for construction of boundary walls around the graveyards of the minority community.

The Samajwadi Party, in its poll manifesto, had promised to construct boundaries on all the Muslim graveyards to save their land from lands from encroachment.

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