An outfit called Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM) has asked its workers from all over the country to come to Varanasi on August 3 and perform “Jalabhishek
” at Shringar Gauri temple, located behind the historic Gyanvapi Masjid. The outfit is planning to launch ‘Islam mukt Bharat’
(Islam-free India) campaign on the very day, reports Indian Express
. Due to the area being communally sensitive, there is a restriction on performance of religious rituals.
The ABHM has specifically chosen August 3, which is the first Monday of the upcoming month of Shravan, when lakhs of devotees will visit the adjoining Kashi Vishwanath Temple for offering prayers. Posters and banners prepared for the campaign carry anti-Islam slogans.
ABHM has neither taken permission from Varanasi district authorities nor have they informed the officials concerned. The outfit’s national working president, Kamlesh Tiwari, defiantly said:
“We do no need permission from any person or authority for offering prayers at any Hindu religious place…and launch an agitation to free Gyanvapi area from Muslims.”
Arun Kumar Pandey, Superintendent of Police (Security), Kashi Vishwanth temple, said:
Varanasi is the parliamentary constituency of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“The entry to Shringar Gauri is prohibited and people are not allowed to perform any ritual there. Only CRPF personnel camp near Shringar Gauri. Furthermore, no information has been received from any organisation for holding any programme at Shringar Gauri. If the ABHM will seek permission, it will be certainly denied.”