The ancient Bilal Mosque in the city of Faridabad in the Indian state of Haryana was declared illegal and demolished.
Video showing the Bilal Mosque in the Indian state of Haryana being demolished is circulating on social media: an excavator is carrying out the destruction in the presence of Indian police.
Sources reported that the mosque was razed to the ground as per the Indian Supreme Court’s orders to demolish the encroachments on forest land in Faridabad’s Khori Gaon village.
The orders were issued to the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad (MCF) last year on February 19.
However, the village residents claimed that state and municipal authorities were acting swiftly against the poor while sparing the rich who have constructed farmhouses and commercial structures on forest land.
On July 24, 2021, the Indian SC responded by directing the city’s municipal authority to complete encroachment demolitions within four weeks and ensure that no illegal structure occupying forest land is spared.
Earlier, the Babri Masjid, a historic Muslim mosque, was demolished by a Hindu extremist party Shiv Sena, where the Indian Supreme Court ordered the construction of a temple in its place.