Namazis allowed 2 drums of 1,000 litres of water for wuzu | Varanasi News – Times of India

VARANASI: On the eve of Friday namaz, the district administration held a meeting with the authorities of Gyanvapi mosque management committee — Anjuman Intejamia Masajid — on Thursday and made it clear that they were equally responsible for the security of sealed wuzu pond as the Supreme Court had issued order to restrict entry of anyone to the place where shivling was found, in their own petition.
District magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma said that apart from holding meeting with mosque management authorities, a notice has also been issued to them. “They have been directed to ensure that no one tampers the seals on nine doors of the pond and no provocative act takes place there during Friday namaj,” he said.

“Mosque authorities have been allowed to take two drums of water of 1000 lt each for wuzu,” he said, adding plans for extra deployment of forces including police and CRPF have also been finalised.

1991 Act won’t apply to Gyanvapi case: VHP
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has asserted that the Places of Worship Act 1991 will not apply to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple-Gyanvapi case if it is proved that the ‘shivling’ found inside the ‘wuzu’ (ablution) pond existed even on August 15, 1947.
“The presence of a ‘shivling’ inside the complex points to the fact that it was a temple, and not a mosque, even in 1947. It’s a fair assumption that the shivling came up under Mughal occupation. Therefore, the Places of Worship act 1991 would not apply in the case of Gyanvapi-KVT complex,” said VHP working president Alok Kumar, in an exclusive interview with TOI on Thursday. “The matter is in the court. Let us hope the truth will come out soon,” he added.
The 1991 Act prohibits conversion of religious places and maintains their “religious character” as it existed on August 15, 1947.
The VHP stand comes a day after the KVT Trust chairman Prof Nagendra Pandey demanded that the shivling should be handed over to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple for proper worship till the matter is in court. On May 16, Kumar, too, had pointed out that the shivling, which was found in the presence of both the parties during the survey, categorically suggests that the area was a temple, which needed to be secured.
The Anjuman Intejamia Masajid, which manages Gyanvapi affairs and is one of the parties in the case, has maintained that the structure which plaintiffs and their lawyers are claiming to be shivling is actually a part of a fountain.
Experts said the emergence of what is being called a shivling has potentially armed the right wing organisations to look beyond the regular worship of ‘Shringar Gauri’ situated on the outer wall of the west side of the Gyanvapi complex. The deity was closed for regular worship -except on the fourth day of Chaitra Navratri -as a precautionary measure after the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition incident. Kumar said that Shringar Gauri was worshipped on August 15, 1947 and an unhindered access to deity be allowed.
Some argue that ‘Shringar Gauri’ shrine falls under the ambit of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 and is exempted from the Places of Worship Act as per Section 4(3)(1) and there is no violation. The VHP sources said the organisation has taken strong exception to the statement of Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot calling Gyanvapi issue a “tamasha’’.

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