Owaisi terms Gyanvapi mosque sealing by court ‘a textbook repeat of Babri Masjid in 1949’

A file photo of AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi.

‘We have lost Babri Masjid, we don’t want to lose another Masjid’

Uttar Pradesh: Following the Varanasi court’s order to immediately seal the place of Gyanvapi mosque where a purported ‘shivling’ has been found, AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi termed the verdict a “blatant violation” of the Places of Worship Act 1991

Owaisi said the court’s decision is also a violation of the SC judgment given in the Babri Masjid title dispute. He asserted that he does not want to lose another masjid.

“The order of the court is a blatant violation of the Places of Worship Act 1991. It is a violation of Supreme Court judgment given in the Babri Masjid title dispute,” he said. Owaisi added, “We have lost Babri Masjid, we don’t want to lose another masjid.”

“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 & will remain a masjid till judgement day inshallah,” he Tweeted.

Earlier, 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 wajookhana 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 the 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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