No masjid will be allowed in Sixth Schedule areas: SKSA

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Diphu, Aug 5: Karbi Students Association, Shillong (SKSA) on Saturday opposed the move of Masjid Committee, Hamren for construction of a mosque behind Agriculture Colony in Hamren and said it is against the provision of Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India.

According to a media report, the Masjid Committee has submitted an application to the officer on special duty (OSD), Hamren secretariat, Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) seeking two kathas of land for construction of a mosque and a madrassa behind Agriculture Colony in Hamren.

In a statement here on Saturday, SKSA president Rup Kumar Enghi and general secretary Teddyson Kramsa said the construction of mosque is restricted as per Paragraph 20 of Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India. “Karbi Anglong is under Sixth Schedule areas which implies that the land belong to ST (Hills) living in Karbi Anglong. The land can’t be allotted to any other non-ST individual or organisation.

The student body clarified that it is not against any religion or faith, but it opposed to the move to allot land to non-ST people. “We strongly condemn the land intruders who disguise themselves under religious banner. So, the SKSA stands against the intended move of the masjid Committee, Hamren and will always stand against any such case,” it added.

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