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Jamia Masjid Controversy: Now demand for survey of Jamia Masjid on the lines of Gyanvapi

Pankaj Prasad
Jamia Masjid Controversy
Jamia Masjid Controversy

Section 144 implemented in Srirangapatna.

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad has demanded a Gyanvapi-like survey claiming the 18th century Jamia Masjid, built in Srirangapatnam taluk of Karnataka's Mandya district, is actually a temple. Following the Hindu organization's call for worship outside the mosque and reciting Hanuman Chalisa, the administration tightened security in the entire area and imposed Section 144.

VHP claims that Srirangapatna used to be the capital of Tipu Sultan and there was Anjaneya temple of Lord Hanuman. In the 18th century, Tipu Sultan got it demolished and built Jamia Masjid there. VHP has raised the demand for its survey on the lines of Gyanvapi campus of Varanasi. At the same time, VHP said, VHP workers will gather within a kilometer radius of the mosque and will recite and worship Hanuman Chalisa.

After this announcement, the administration banned any kind of demonstration and procession in the entire area. Along with the district police, Karnataka Reserve Police Force has also been deployed on the front. The movement of people is being stopped by putting barricades on the roads near the mosque. Security checkpoints have been deployed on the outskirts of the city. 

The Ganpati temple well inside the mosque, surveyed like Gyanvapi, the VHP claims that there is a Ganpati temple, lake and well inside the Jamia Masjid. Despite this, a madrasa is running in the mosque and namaz is also being offered, which is wrong. Shri Ram Sena chief Pramod Muthalik said, the government should stop them and not us. 

Workers donning saffron garlands gathered at the mosque

On the other hand, on the call of VHP, on Saturday, the workers started marching towards Jamia Masjid while chanting 'Jai Shri Ram'. Fearing some kind of uproar, the traders around the mosque closed their shops.