AGRA: Four vacationers had been arrested for providing ‘namaz’ at the mosque located on the premises of Taj Mahal in Agra, police mentioned on Thursday.
To be certain, the Taj Mahal stays closed solely on Fridays for most people however Muslim cardholders residing in close by areas are allowed entry to offer namaz. According to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), providing namaz on every other day at the Taj Mahal mosque isn’t allowed.
Of the 4 folks arrested on Wednesday, three are from Telangana whereas one is from Azamgarh district in Uttar Pradesh, mentioned Agra (metropolis) superintendent of police (SP) Vikas Kumar. He added that safety officers had noticed six folks providing namaz at 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 evening at around 7pm, the staff of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) found six people offering ‘namaz’ at the mosque within Taj Mahal. CISF is the body entrusted with the duty of internal security at Taj Mahal and thus, an effort was made to nab them but two of them escaped taking advantage of the crowd within the monument premises but four were arrested,” mentioned Kumar.
“The four nabbed by CISF staff were handed over to Tajganj station police and a case was registered under section 153 (wantonly giving provocation to cause riot) of the Indian Penal Code (IPS) on the complaint of CISF,” he mentioned.
“Matter is being investigated and required action will follow,” he added.
The arrests come within the backdrop of strain from right-wing Hindu teams demanding that they be allowed to offer prayers in what they declare is a Shiv temple (referred to as Tejo Mahalaya) inside Taj Mahal complicated.
“Those violating the Supreme Court orders by offering namaz at the mosque in Taj Mahal should be booked under National Security Act (NSA). If such a violation continues, we will also offer puja at Tejo Mahalaya, said Govind Parashar, national president of Rashtriya Hindu Parishad (Bharat).
“Our seers who came in wearing saffron are stopped at Taj Mahal gates and are not allowed entry but such violations by those offering namaz are allowed time and again,” added Parashar.
An official from the Taj Mahal Masjid Intezamia Committee mentioned that ASI has failed to offer them with a duplicate of the Supreme Court order.
“We have been asking ASI to provide us with a copy of the Supreme Court order which says that namaz is prohibited at the mosque on Taj Mahal compound on days other than Friday. No such copy has been provided to us, nor there is any mention of it at the mosque in Taj Mahal or on the notice 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 will be began at the monument.
“No new practice can be started at the monument like Taj Mahal and even Supreme Court has endorsed the view that only Friday namaz is permitted at Taj Mahal. Yet confusion was created by those who have failed to convince Supreme Court. ASI cannot allow namaz on days other than Friday at a mosque within Taj Mahal premises as it is precedence set,” mentioned Raj Kumar Patel, the superintending archaeologist for Agra circle. He claimed that it’s aptly talked about at the Taj Mahal that namaz is allowed solely on Friday.
Recently a seer sporting saffron was stopped from holding a ‘Dharam Sansad’ at Taj Mahal and was despatched again to Ayodhya.