Textbook Repeat of Dec 1949 in Babri Masjid: Owaisi on Gyanvapi Row

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NEW DELHI — Amid claims by the Hindu side of having discovered a ‘Shivling’ in Gyanvapi mosque, AIMIM leader and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi has slammed a court order that directed to seal the place where the ‘Shivling’ was discovered in the survey.

“This is a textbook repeat of December 1949 in Babri Masjid. This order itself changes the religious nature of the Masjid. This is a violation of 1991 Act. This was my apprehension and it has come true. Gyanvapi Masjid was, and will remain a Masjid till judgement day, Inshallah,” Owaisi tweeted.

In 1949, idols were kept inside the Babri Mosque overnight. However, the court in its judgement has given the land to the Ram temple.

On Monday, the Hindu side advocates claimed that a ‘Shivling’ had been found inside the well. Lawyer Vishnu Jain said he would go to the civil court to seek its protection.

An advocate from the Hindu side, Madan Mohan Yadav, claimed that the ‘Shivling’ is Nandi faced.

Heavy security was deployed as the court-appointed committee reached the spot to conduct the survey on Monday.

Another report would be submitted to the court on Tuesday.

Gyanvapi Mosque, adjacent to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, is currently facing a legal battle. A court in Varanasi has directed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to probe the structure of the Gyanvapi Masjid. — IANS

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