The Uttar Pradesh administration on Thursday demolished the ‘Urdu Gate’, built in Rampur district by Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan, citing the construction as illegal.
The gate constructed during the tenure of the SP government by Khan who was the then urban development minister was reportedly causing traffic jams.
On Wednesday, officials accompanied by police team reached Mohammad Ali Jawahar University and used a bulldozer to demolish the gate on the Jauhar Ali University road.
The administration also took possession of a PWD guesthouse and power sub-station constructed using government funds and allegedly later brought within the premises of Khan’s Jauhar University by raising boundary walls. To take the possession, the administration demolished a part of the university’s boundary-wall to connect the two places with the road leading to the city.
“We have demolished the gate. There was a PWD bungalow (guesthouse) and power sub-station which was constructed in 2014-15 and was not being used, so we took that in our possession. This is a routine administrative step. I had received a complaint in this regard and an inquiry found that the construction of the gate was done without following the norms and was causing public inconvenience. Thus, the step was taken,” said District Magistrate (DM) Anjaneya Kumar Singh.
Venting anger over the Yogi Adityanath-led government for its move, Azam Khan’s son, Abdullah Azam, who is MLA from Swar-Tanda said, “The demolition of the Urdu Gate shows that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath are against the upliftment of Muslims in the society. We will speak to the government regarding the same.”
(With inputs from agencies)