The outskirts of Pirana village saw a protest over some construction within the 600 yr-old dargah of Sufi saint Pir Imam Shah Bawa. Aslali Police detained 133 people, including 64 women following the protest. The Aslali police had also called in additional forces to manage the protest organised by the Saiyad community.
The dargah of the saint, revered by both Hindus and Muslims, was built 600 years ago. During the 1950s, a trust was formed for the administration of the dargah with a ‘Gadipati’ and 10 elected trustees.
Seven of these trustees are always members of the Kutchi Patel community while the rest three are from the Saiyad community who claim to be the descendants of the Sufi saint.
Sometime back, the ceiling of the dargah suffered damages and the committee decided to repair the same. Last year, the district magistrate permitted the ceiling repairs. But later, some additional construction was done sans any permission which, according to the Saiyad community, damaged the holy graves.
The community said though they have three trustees as representatives, the additional construction was done without their consent. On Sunday, members of the Saiyada community who live in Pirana village organised a protest outside the dargah.
Advocate Munir Saiyad told Mirror that the graves were damaged during the early repairs too, and police had to be called.