Congress legislators in Assam on Monday wrote to the National Commission for Minorities demanding an investigation into the demolition of a madrassa in the state’s Bongaigaon district that housed 224 students, reported PTI.
In their letter to National Commission for Minorities chairperson Iqbal Singh Lalpura, Congress MP Abdul Khaleque and MLAs Abdur Rashid Mondal, Pradip Sarkar, Asif Nazar and Abdul Batin Khandakar alleged that the state government demolished the madrassa “in blatant disregard to the rule of law”.
They asked the panel to ensure justice for the 224 students.
The Markazul Ma-Arif Quariayana Madrassa in Bongaigaon was demolished on August 31 after the administration issued an order claiming that it was “structurally vulnerable and unsafe for human habitation”.
The Bongaigaon deputy commissioner had issued the demolition order claiming that there were insufficient provisions at the madrassa to deal with a fire or an earthquake. The campus of the institution lacked adequate open space that can be used in the event of a disaster, the administration had said.
The Congress legislators, in their letter, said that the district administration did not give enough time to the 224 residential students of the madrasa, most of whom are minors, to vacate the premises.
“The students had to vacate in the middle of the night, and had…