In a goodwill gesture, Hindus in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhyadistrict have donated land to Muslims for a burial ground.
The land has been donated in Belarikhan village under theGosaiganj Assembly constituency here.
The land had been a bone of contention between the twocommunities for years until now. Surya Kumar Jhinkan Maharaj, a local seer, andeight other shareholders, signed the registered deed for 1.25 bissas of land onJune 20 to bury the dispute forever.
The other signatories to the land deed are Ram PrakashBablu, Ram Singar Pandey, Ram Shabad, Jiya Ram, Subhash Chandra, Rita Devi,Vindhyachal and Awadhesh Pandey.
"The land belonged to Hindus as per records. It is bythe side of a graveyard and some Muslims have buried their dead on the land.There were disputes and tension. But now, we have settled the matter,"said Jhinkan Maharaj.
The deed is now in favour of the Qabristan Committee,Gosainganj and it will soon be entered in revenue records," said VaisAnsari, President of the Qabristan Committee.
Sub-registrar S.B. Singh confirmed the transfer of land tothe Muslims for the graveyard and said: "It's a gift from the Hinducommunity through a proper deed and stamp duty."
Khabbu Tiwari, the local BJP MLA who took the initiative,said: "The tradition of Hindu-Muslim brotherhood here is not new. This wasa small token of love from Hindus to Muslims. I hope this amity willcontinue."