Erect huge sculpture of ‘Shiva-pratap’ by demolishing unauthorized construction around Afzal Khan’s tomb at Pratapgad ! – Representation submitted by all pro-Hindu organizations in the name of CM
Kolhapur : Unauthorized construction erected around Afzal Khan’s tomb on Pratapgad should be immediately demolished, sculpture depicting Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s valour in wars should be erected and the place of Afzal Khan’s tomb should be called as ‘Shiva-pratap-bhoomi’, were the demands made through representation submitted on behalf of all pro-Hindu organizations in the name of State Chief Minister (CM). The representation was accepted by Shri. Sanjay Shinde, Dy. District Collector. Shri. Sambhajirao Bhokare, Dy. District-Chief of Shiv Sena, its Karveer-taluka Chief Shri. Raju Yadav and members viz. Shri. Kishore Ghatage, Shri. Tanaji Patil, Shri. Avadhut Salokhe; Shri. Shivaraj Jadhav of ‘Shri Shivapratishthan Hindustan’; Shri. Pramod Sawant, a devotee of Ambabai Bhakta Samiti, Shri. Manohar Sorap and Shri. Jayawant Nirmal of ‘Hindu Mahasabha’; Suvarna Powar of ‘Mahila Aghadi’; Shri. Shivanand Swami, Shri. Madhukar Nazare and Shri. Babasaheb Bhopale of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti were present on the occasion.
It has been stated in the representation that ….
1. Glorification of Afzal Khan’s tomb is going on silently for past few decades. Earlier, the tomb occupied 25 sq feet but owing to unauthorized construction, total area of tomb has increased to more than 11000 sq feet (i.e. 440 times more than the original construction).
2. Presently, rooms have been constructed in 2000 sq ft area in that premises. In the area around the tomb; though it belongs to Revenue Department, construction of 5500 sq ft has been erected in unauthorized manner. A huge hall of 3500 sq ft has been built in front of this structure.
3. Mumbai High Court had issued clear instructions twice, on 15th October 2008 and 11th November 2009, that the Government would not authorize any type of construction in that area; issuing clear orders to the Government for removal of unauthorized constructions. Mumbai High Court has mentioned that representation submitted by the Government had no technical ground. On 2nd March 2012, Supreme Court endorsed the decision taken by High Court. In few hearings held later, the High Court has temporarily issued stay on demolition of unauthorized structures; owing to inaction and indifference on the part of the Government and Forest Department. It is therefore, necessary that the Government looked into the matter and presented its side more effectively.