Mangaluru, Dec 13, 2014: The district administration’s decision to hand over a land at Pandeshwar to the Wakf Board for constructing Azad Community Bhavan has drawn flak. The students of the Kerala Samajam English School who have been using the particular place as a playground since several years, along with some members of Hindu outfits staged a protest on December 13, Saturday even as dignitaries including Deputy Commissioner A.B. Ibrahim, District in-charge Minister B Ramanatha Rai, MLA JR Lobo, MLC Ivan D’Souza and others arrived at the spot for the foundation laying for the Bhavan.
The students as part of the protest even began playing in the ground. The protestors expressed their anguish at the decision of the administration to hand over the land to the Wakf Board despite the Kerala Samajam School using it as a playground and despite its appeal to the DC to provide the land to the school for playground purposes. A school teacher even said that when the matter was brought to the notice of the District Minister he had assured to look into the issue but of no avail.
Local Corporator Diwaker said he was kept in the dark regarding the proposal to construct community hall proposal and added already a memorandum has been submitted to the district minister seeking permission to use the land as a playground.