‘Fountain inside Wazookhana’: ‘Shivling’ claim misleading, Intezamia Adv says on Gyanvapi mosque case

Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi Uttar Pradesh. [File Photo]

‘Structure petitioners claim is a fountain inside Wazookhana’

Varanasi: Following the Varanasi court’s verdict to immediately seal the place of Gyanvapi mosque where a purported ‘shivling’ was found, an advocate of the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee that manages the Gyanvapi Mosque said petitioners’ claim about a ‘Shivling’ is misleading.

“There is only a fountain in the wazookhana in the Gyanvapi mosque. The structure, which the petitioners are claiming to be a Shivling is a fountain. It is a misleading claim,” Hindustan Times quoted advocate Rais Ahmad Ansari as saying.

The statement advocate of Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee came hours after Varanasi court ordered sealing of the one part of the mosque.

The court order was based on a petition filed by an advocate that there was some ‘concrete evidence that needed to be protected’.

Rais said this was ex-party order by the court and was given in a hurry. “We are not satisfied with the order and will challenge it soon,” the report quoted Ansari further saying.

Earlier in the day, a court in Varanasi asked the Uttar Pradesh government to immediately seal the place of Gyanvapi mosque where a purported ‘shivling’ has been found.

The court had ordered videographic survey of the Kashi Vishwanath temple-Gyanvapi mosque complex in Varanasi that ended today. The court has also prohibited the entry of any person into the sealed room.

The survey of the premises concluded around noon after three days of inspection in the presence of court-appointed Advocate Commissioners, lawyers from both sides, all concerned parties and officials.

On Thursday, a Varanasi court had ordered resumption of the video survey of the complex, which was halted last week following allegations of bias against the official in charge, even if it meant getting “locks opened/ broken”. The survey report must be submitted on Tuesday, it had said.


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