18-year-old Amir Hanzala was killed after he attended an anti-CAA protest in Patna last year.
PATNA — The Bihar State Shia Waqf Board has provided a piece of residential land to the family of slain teenager Amir Hanzala whose dead body with wounds of sharp weapon was recovered 10 days after he went missing after attending an anti-CAA protest in Phulwari Sharif area of Patna last year.
Shia Waqf Board Chairman Irshad Ali Azad visited the victim family at their rented house here on Thursday and handed over the formal land documents to Hanzala’s father Suhail Ahmed.
Talking to Clarion India over phone, Irshad Ali Azad said: “The board has provided 7.5 dhur (1366 square feet) land to the family on lease for 30 years. The board is authorised for such work. In the land document, we have mentioned it that the lease will be extended to the family. A nominal amount of Rs 500 will be paid by the family to the board every year.”
He further said that Hanzala’s family has been given land in an inhabited area, not in isolated place. The area has houses, a mosque, a madrasa and a graveyard. The colony is adjacent to Ashok Rajpath and wholly owned by the waqf board, he said.
The Waqf Board chairman further said that the family was given the piece of land two months ago but after formal and legal proceedings, land documents were prepared and provided to them now.
“We got a resolution passed by the Waqf Board for the allotment of land to the family so that they do not face any legal problems in future. Now we gave them formal agreement papers,” said Azad.
He also said that with the support of the community and others, the family started construction of a house on it. In two weeks, it will be complete.
“As soon as the land was given to them, many people came up offering support to them. Rising above party-politics, people saw the incident with humanitarian angle and helped the family,” he said.
How Amir Hanzala Was Killed?
Amir Hanzala, 18, had attended a protest demonstration against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Phulwari Sharif area of the state capital on December 21 last year. When last seen, he was holding a Tiranga in his hand during the protest.
A group of CAA supporters appeared near the protest site and started holding a counter protest. They also clashed with the anti-CAA protesters. During the violence, people ran to save their own lives. Young Amir went missing in the melee. Full 10 days later, on December 31, his dead body was recovered near a water tank in the same area. There were wounds of sharp weapon in his abdomen and injury marks on his head, revealed the post-mortem report.
Six people were arrested by the local police in connection with the murder. According to the police, the accused confessed to the crime.
Hanzala’s father Suhail Ahmed had refused to term the incident as a Hindu-Muslim clash and played a key role in maintaining communal harmony in the area. “Hindus are also saddened by the news of the killing of my son. They have come to me to express their condolences,” he had said.
Hanzala, fourth among seven siblings, had passed matric exam last year and was working at a bag repairing centre to help the family.