AGRA: 4 vacationers had been arrested for providing ‘namaz’ on the mosque located on the premises of Taj Mahal in Agra, police stated on Thursday.
To make sure,the Taj Mahal stays closed solely on Fridays for most of the people however Muslim cardholders residing in close by areas are allowed entry to supply namaz. In response to the Archaeological Survey of India, providing namaz on every other day on the Taj Mahal mosque just isn’t allowed.
Of the 4 folks arrested on Wednesday, three are from Telangana whereas one is from Azamgarh district in Uttar Pradesh, stated Agra (Metropolis) superintendent of police Vikas Kumar. He added that safety officers had noticed six folks providing namaz on the mosque however two fled.
A case was registered in opposition to the 4 at Tajganj police station. They had been introduced earlier than the courtroom on Thursday and had been later launched on bail.
“On Wednesday night at round 7 pm, the workers of Central Industrial Safety Drive (CISF) discovered six folks providing ‘namaz’ on the mosque inside Taj Mahal. CISF is the physique entrusted the obligation of inside safety at Taj Mahal and thus, an effort was made to nab them however two of them escaped benefiting from the group inside the monument premises however 4 had been arrested,” stated Kumar.
“The 4 nabbed by CISF workers had been handed over to Tajganj station police and a case was registered below part 153 (wantonly giving provocation to trigger riot) of the Indian Penal Code on the grievance of CISF,” he stated.
“Matter is being investigated and required motion will comply with,” he added.
The arrests come within the backdrop of stress from right-wing Hindu teams demanding that they be allowed to supply prayers in what the declare is a Shiv temple (referred to as Tejo Mahalaya) inside Taj Mahal advanced.
“These violating the Supreme Court docket orders by providing namaz on the mosque in Taj Mahal ought to be booked below Nationwide Safety Act (NSA). If such a violation continues, we may also supply puja at Tejo Mahalaya, stated Govind Parashar, nationwide president of Rashtriya Hindu Parishad (Bharat).
“Our seers who got here in carrying saffron are stopped at Taj Mahal gates and will not be allowed entry however such violations by these providing namaz are allowed repeatedly,” added Parashar.
An official from the Taj Mahal Masjid Intezamia Committee stated that ASI has failed to offer them with a duplicate of the Supreme Court docket order.
“We now have been asking the ASI to offer us with a duplicate of the Supreme Court docket order which says that namaz is prohibited on the mosque on Taj Mahal compound on days aside from Friday. No such copy has been offered to us, nor there’s any point out of it on the mosque in Taj Mahal or on the discover board,” says Syed Ibrahim Zaidi, claiming to be the chairman of Taj Mahal Masjid Intezamia Committee.
ASI officers made it clear that no new observe might be began on the monument.
“No new observe might be began on the monument like Taj Mahal and even Supreme Court docket has endorsed the view that solely Friday namaz is permitted at Taj Mahal. But confusion was created by those that have did not persuade Supreme Court docket. ASI can not enable namaz on days aside from Friday at a mosque inside Taj Mahal premises as it’s priority set,” stated Raj Kumar Patel, the superintending archaeologist for Agra circle. He claimed that it’s aptly talked about on the Taj Mahal that namaz is allowed solely on Friday.
Lately a seer carrying saffron was stopped from holding a ‘Dharam Sansad’ at Taj Mahal and was despatched again to Ayodhya.