Security demanded for Imambaras in lucknow

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Lucknow, Apr 17 (UNI) A descendant of the Nawab of Avadh has demanded adequate security at the world famous heritage sites, the Bara and Chhota Imambaras alongwith other monuments in Uttar Pradesh in wake of terrorist attacks at religious and historicial spots.

''It is sheer laxity on part of the UP and central governments to ignore security measures at Imambaras and other Muslim monuments in the state,'' Royal family of Avadh general secretary Shikoh Azad said here.

Talking to mediapersons, Mr Azad said without metal detectors at the Imambaras, any person could take illegal substance inside the monuments -- declared heritiage site by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI).

Demanding immediate installation of metal detectors, he demanded adequate securitymen be deployed.

Bara Imambara, popularly known as Bhool Bhuliya, is popular among tourists visiting Lucknow.

Meanwhile, Mr Azad announced a 'maha-panchayat' of RFA in the first week of June.

About 40,000 royal descendents from West Bengal, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh would participate in the event, where a resolution would be adopted to oppose any effort to transfer the property of Hussainabad Trust to the Waqf Board.

Hussainabad Trust is the richest trust in Asia having properties worth over several crores of rupees.

Mr Azad said the RFA could approach the Allahabad High Court over the pre-independence agreement between the British and the nawabs of Awadhs, under which the government had to pay monthly pension to the nawabs in silver currency.

''We have written to Ms Sonia Gandhi to honour the agreement, but unfortunately, she has not responded so far,'' he said.

''We have no other option than to approach the HC to enforce the agreement,'' he added.

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