Day after police registers FIR, society members allow sale of flat to Muslim family

Day after police registers FIR, society members allow sale of flat to Muslim family
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A day after Manikpur police filed an FIR against eleven members of a housing society in Vasai who had taken objection to selling a flat to a Muslim family, the members have agreed to give the NOC.

Earlier on September 4, eleven members of Happy Jivan Co-operative Housing Society at Sai Nagar in Vasai (West) had signed a letter objecting to the sale of Kantaben Patel’s flat to Vikarahmed Khan on the grounds that it will disturb the society’s atmosphere.

Kantaben (55) and her son Jignesh Patel (32) were handed over the resolution passed by the committee after they decided to sell their 1st floor flat to Khan. After learning about the letter, Khan filed a complaint with Manickpur police, on the basis of which all eleven members were summoned to the station on Sunday.

While giving their statements, the members insisted that they did not intend to hurt anyone’s religious sentiments. Later, during the society’s member meet on Sunday evening, all eleven agreed to give the NOC to Khan.

The society has 16 members, which includes two Muslims who chose not to sign the objection letter. 9 out of the total 16 members are Gujaratis, who asked Patels to not sell their flat to someone who was from outside their community. The first floor, where Patels reside, is all occupied by Gujaratis.

Meanwhile, Khan told a leading daily that he may not want to go ahead with the sale now, claiming that he did not wish to stay in a building where the neighbours may not want to talk to him and his family.

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