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By A Staff Writer
Bangalore: The Hazrat Bismillah Shah Hospital was commissioned here on April 10. The foundation for the hospital was laid in 1996 on  Cockburn Road in the city’s Cantonment area. Located on a quarter acre of land leased out by the Wakf Board, the Hospital will cater to the health care needs of the poor and the downtrodden at minimal cost. It is headed by Dr. Taha Mateen, a renowned surgeon of Bangalore who also runs Acura Hospital in Koramangala. It is named after Hazrat Bismillah Shah, a saint after whom the local mosque  has also been named. The Hospital was conceived by social worker Masood Abdul Khader, secretary of the Anjuman Khuddamul Muslimeen and was funded by the public donations. Though the building of the hospital was ready by 2004, the commissioning was delayed due to the paucity of funds for essential infrastructure. The Hospital would eventually have 80-bed facility. The need for the hospital was severely felt in the wake of injuries  and casualties during the Cauvery agitation riots and mayhem related to the Babri
Masjid demolition in 1992.