The hammer of the administration fell on the encroachment near the grave of Afzal Khan (Afzal Khan Grave) at the foot of Pratapgarh today and the discussions came to a head. On this day, 10 November 1659, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj killed Afzal Khana. And on this very date, the demolition of the unauthorized construction near Afzal Khan’s grave began. It has been discussed that this is not a coincidence but a deliberate and planned work.
The state government and the Satara district administration maintained utmost secrecy regarding the ongoing operation at Pratapgad. District administration meetings were held a few days ago to demolish unauthorized constructions. Guardian Minister Shambhuraj Desai said that this precaution has been taken so that no untoward incident takes place at this place. We did not decide this. Guardian Minister Shambhuraj Desai clarified that today’s date is not a coincidence but following the High Court order of 2017, this unauthorized construction is being demolished.
The issue of demolishing the construction around the tomb of Afzal Khan at Pratapgarh is very sensitive. Due to this, the police started this operation keeping great secrecy. An additional force of about 3 policemen was called from the district. A close police watch was kept at this place since midnight. This action is being taken on today’s historic day of Afzal Khan’s killing. Discussions are currently rife that the Eknath Shinde and Fadnavis governments have done what the previous governments could not do.
Afzal Khan Grave: Demolition of construction near Afzal Khan’s grave begins, amid tight security
Deputy Chief Minister Fadnavis said…
The 2007 court decision was to remove the encroachment near Afzal Khan’s grave at Pratapgarh. We started the process in 2017 for this. Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister Devendra Fadnavis informed that now all the encroachments near the grave are being removed.
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