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Century-old Rama Pir temple demolished in Karachi, Hindus protest

Karachi, Dec 3 : In a hurried operation on Saturday, a builder demolished a century-old Hindu temple in Soldier Bazaar  Karachi while the Sindh High Court was hearing a petition seeking a stay order, The

India TV News Desk [ Updated: December 03, 2012 8:27 IST ]

Rama Pir was a 19th century saint, who was cremated in Ronija, a village in Rajasthan, India. His followers have constructed temples to his name throughout India and Pakistan

On Saturday, the Sindh High Court  had restrained the local administration and the  private builder from demolishing the  historic Hindu temple till December 7.

In a petition filed by the residents of Shri Rama Pir Mandir, petitioners Ram Chander and two other claimed that, in July 2007, a private builder issued notices to the residents to vacate the temple premises. The builder had accused them of encroaching upon the land of a saline water drain (nullah).

The petitioners said that since the builder owns land next to the temple, he just wants to add to it, they said. The petition also claims that the builder extended the land area from 610 square yards to 781 square yards illegally in connivance with military land department officers.

On July 10 this year, the high court had granted a stay order. The petitioners' lawyer, HA Rehman, said that, on November 13, the builder's lawyer misguided the court by representing himself as a lawyer for the petitioner and got the stay order vacated.

Granting the stay against demolition, Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi, who was heading the bench,  issued notice to the deputy attorney general to get Military Estates Officer, Karachi, to file comments by December 7.

According to the petitioners, the temple, located on plots no. B-3-38 in Dolly Khatta locality of Soldier Bazaar, was built nearly a century ago.

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