Islamic group dropping plan for cemetery in Dudley

Central Massachusetts town had originally rejected plan for cemetery

File -- In this April 12, 2016 file photo Desiree Moninski, stands on land located across from her house in Dudley, Mass., which is the site of a proposed Muslim cemetery. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — An Islamic group no longer plans to build a Muslim cemetery in a small Massachusetts town following a contentious fight for approval.

The Boston Globe reports the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester announced Thursday it’s dropping its plan for a cemetery in the town of Dudley. The group says it wants to build in Worcester instead.

On Wednesday, federal officials announced they had closed an investigation into whether Dudley violated the civil rights of the group when the town rejected the cemetery proposal. The town later agreed to allow the group to build a cemetery.

Now, the group says it wants to go elsewhere, and has been in talks with Worcester officials for months. The group says the logistics of the plan are still being worked out.

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