Varanasi: All four basements, western wall of Gyanvapi mosque surveyed

Varanasi: All four basements, western wall of Gyanvapi mosque surveyed

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In view of the survey of Gyanvapi mosque, roads leading to Kashi Vishwanath temple and Gyanvapi mosque were fully fortified by police.
VARANASI: After resuming the survey of Gyanvapi mosque was conducted peacefully amidst tight security arrangements on Saturday.
In today's survey, all four basements and western wall of mosque were covered, disclosed district magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma mentioning, the survey of domes and main mosque is left mentioning where remaining works of survey would be completed on Sunday.
Officials said that Anjuman Intejamia Masajid side fully coopered in survey. They opened the locks of two basements in their possession themselves while lock of third one was broken as it was not getting opened due to rusting. Basement in Vyas family was also covered under survey, they said.

Both AIM people and plaintiffs co-operated well and they wished for early completion of the survey, said officials.
The survey was scheduled between 8 am and 12 noon. Almost half an hour before scheduled time both parties had entered Gyanvapi premises. Commissioner of police A Satish Ganesh was the first to come out of Gyanvapi mosque premises while some lawyers of plaintiff's also followed him.
In view of survey of Gyanvapi mosque roads leading to Kashi Vishwanath temple and Gyanvapi mosque was fully fortified by police. Not even pedestrians were allowed on this road between Maidagin and Godowlia areas. Media was also stopped at these two points.
In the Shringar Gauri worship case, the court of the civil judge (senior division) Ravi Kumar Diwakar on April 12 had not only rejected the request of the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid (AIM) for changing the advocate commissioner Ajay Kumar Mishra but also appointed Vishal Singh as special advocate commissioner and Ajay Pratap Singh as assistant advocate commissioner. The court also strictly directed the district administration to ensure that the survey is not delayed by citing some reasons and asked them to submit the survey report before it on May 17.
As per court’s directive issued on April 26, the advocate commissioner had started the work of survey and videography on the Gyanvapi premises on May 6 in presence of both parties amidst protests. But the survey was stalled on May 7 due to a protest by AIM, which also filed a petition in the court on the same day, requesting for change of advocate commissioner Ajay Kumar Mishra while accusing him of working under the pressure of the plaintiffs.
In view of court's directive, district administration and police held a meeting with AIM and later finalised strategy including security plan to resume survey. As per the same plan the roads leading to Kashi Vishwanath temple and Gyanvapi from Godowlia and Maidagin were fully fortified early morning and the survey team was taken inside amidst tight security arrangements.
The plaintiffs of the Shringar Gauri worship case Rakhi Singh of Delhi, Laxmi Devi, Sita Sahu, Manju Vyas and Rekha Pathak, all natives of Varanas in had filed the petition on April 18, 2021, seeking permission for daily worship and performing rituals at the idols of Shringar Gauri, Lord Ganesh, Lord Hanuman and Nandi and stopping the opponents from causing any damage to the statues.
The respondents of the case include Uttar Pradesh government, Anjuman Intezamiya Masjid and others.
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