Varanasi: A survey of Gyanvapi mosque took place in a peaceful atmosphere on Saturday. Security personnel were keeping a vigilant eye on every movement.
In today’s survey, all four basements and the western wall of the mosque were covered, disclosed district magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma, mentioning that the survey of domes and the main mosque is left unfinished, where the remaining works of the survey would be completed on Sunday.
Officials said that Anjuman Intejamia Masajid’s side fully cooperated in the survey. They opened the locks of two basements in their possession themselves, while the lock of the third one was broken as it was not getting opened due to rust. The basement in the Vyas family was also covered under the survey, they said.
Cooperation from AIM
Both AIM people and plaintiffs cooperated well, and they wished for the early completion of the survey, said officials.
The survey time was fixed between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Both parties entered the premises before the scheduled time. The Commissioner of police, Satish Ganesh, was the first to come out of the Gyanvapi mosque premises, while some lawyers for the plaintiffs also followed him.
All the roads leading to Kashi Vishwanath temple and Gyanvapi mosque were fortified. Police personnel were deployed in every nook and corner to maintain peace.
The court of the civil judge (senior division) Ravi Kumar Diwakar on April 12 not only rejected the request of the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid (AIM) to change 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, citing some reasons, and asked them to submit the survey report before May 17.
As per the court’s directive issued on April 26, the advocate commissioner started the work of survey and videography on the Gyanvapi premises on May 6 in the 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 a change of advocate commissioner for Ajay Kumar Mishra while accusing him of working under the pressure of the plaintiffs.
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.