Gyanvapi Masjid case: Survey and videography completed for first day amid high security, will continue tomorrow

The videography survey of the Gyanvapi Masjid complex in Varanasi completed today amid tight security arrangements
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Lucknow: Gyanvapi Masjid case: Survey and videography work has been completed on Saturday in the Gyanvapi masjid campus in Varanasi. The survey started at 8 am. Advocate Commissioner Ajay Mishra and 52 people from the plaintiff-respondent side went inside the premises. The mobiles of everyone in the survey team were deposited outside. The administration had closed the entry of public for 500 meters around the Gyanvapi campus. On Sunday i.e. tomorrow also the survey will be done in the same way, at the same time.

More than 1500 police-PAC personnel were deployed under the purview. Survey had to be done in closed cellars for years, so the team went with the battery light. Apart from this, lock breakers, snake charmers and sweepers were also called in. The survey team has left the premises.

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The team has completed the survey of the second basement built in the premises. Both have been videographed.

The team has surveyed a basement. What's found inside? No information has come out about this.

The team first did videography on the ground floor near the grill.

Special cameras and lights were arranged for videography of the premises.

The team entered the Gyanvapi campus from gate number-4 around eight in the morning.

There is no electricity in the basement, for this the team has taken battery lights.

In view of the security, roof top force has been deployed on the roofs of the surrounding houses.

For darshan in Kashi Vishwanath temple, devotees are going only from gate number-1. Gate no-4 near Gyanvapi is closed.

The team went through the basements and the walls of the compound and the texture was captured on camera.

Police Commissioner A Satish Ganesh told that the survey will continue tomorrow i.e. on Sunday as well.

CM Yogi was also in Varanasi during the survey

The court surveyed the plaintiff-respondent side, advocates for both sides, Advocate Commissioner and his team, DGC Civil and his team, Vishwanath Mandir team and the team of police-administrative officers. In the midst of this survey, Chief Minister Yogi is also on Varanasi tour. He has come to review the priority development works of PM Modi with the officers.

Shops were closed within 500 meters of Gyanvapi. Even people were not allowed to come out of the houses here.

DM held meeting with Hindu and Muslim side

Varanasi DM Kaushalraj Sharma had a meeting with both Hindu and Muslim parties on Friday regarding the survey. He has appealed to both the parties to maintain peace and order during the survey. The Muslim side Anjuman-e-Intzamiya Masajid Committee has said that until a decision is received from the Supreme Court, they will cooperate in the survey. Actually, the committee has appealed to the Supreme Court to stop the survey, but Chief Justice NV Ramanna refused to give any decision without seeing the file.

For darshan in Kashi Vishwanath temple, devotees are going only from gate number-1. Gate number-4 near Gyanvapi is closed.

The controversy over Gyanvapi has been in the headlines many times since independence. The Hindu side claims that the Gyanvapi complex is part of the Kashi Vishwanath temple complex. There have been many lawsuits regarding this. But he has not reached any result. The controversy first hit the national headlines in 1991.

Then 3 including Pandit Somnath Vyas of Varanasi filed a case in the court. In this, he told Gyanvapi to be a part of Kashi Vishwanath complex. In the petition, an appeal was made to the court to allow regularization of darshan, worship and other works of Sanatani Dharma in Gyanvapi.

In this case, the court ordered the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct a survey. However, on this order of the Varanasi Court, the Muslim side reached the High Court. The High Court stayed the survey. Since then this case has not come to the floor.

In 2021, 5 women filed petition on Gyanvapi

Rakhi Singh of Delhi and Laxmi Devi, Sita Sahu, Manju Vyas and Rekha Pathak from Banaras filed a petition in the court of Civil Judge Senior Division, Varanasi on 18 August 2021.

It said that the Gyanvapi complex houses Hindu deities. In such a situation, regular darshan worship of Maa Shringar Gauri should be allowed in the Gyanvapi campus. Along with this, it was also said in the petition to clarify the situation by conducting a survey for the safety of other deities located on the premises.

The temple of Maa Shringar Gauri is at the rear of Gyanvapi. Before 1992, there used to be regular darshan worship here. But, later it got closed due to security and other reasons. At present, one day in a year on Chaitra Navratri, the worship of Shringar Gauri is allowed.

The Muslim side has no objection to the worship of Shringar Gauri. They are opposed to the survey and videography of the entire campus. They are opposing the same thing from Varanasi Court to Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, the first day of the survey went peacefully in the Gyanvapi masjid survey case due to the security arrangements of the administration and stern warning from the court. It will resume again tomorrow. However, the daily darshan of Kashi Vishvanath was also going on smoothly.

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