TWO DAYS after the communal incident, district administration has decided to take possession of temples along Gangaur Ghat in Chhatribag. District Collector Vivek Aggarwal issued an order to this effect today.
These are the third group of temples to be taken over by administration after Khajrana and Ranjit Hanuman temple. Aggarwal said that administration would manage the temples, develop the area and chalk out a beautification plan. He said that the structure buried beneath the soil would be excavated and restored.
Tension surfaced in Chhatribag on Sunday when the dome of an ancient structure, presumed to be a temple, emerged from underneath a pile of garbage accumulated over the years and was spotted few days back by Dharma Rakshak Samiti activists.
On June 18, the situation flared up when the area dominated by the minority community was celebrating the 35th Urs of Hazrat Sayyed Kale Shah Datar at the shrine situated opposite the place claimed to be a temple.
Samiti members performed puja and chanted `Ramdhun’ during a procession taken out from Venkatesh Devsthan, Chhatribag, to Gangaur Ghat where the minority community was holding a ‘langar’ on the third and final day of the Urs on Sunday.
Intelligence Bureau officials visited the site last evening and this morning. They contacted the District Collector to know about the next step and told him that Samiti activists could be back for puja on June 25.
Intelligence top boss visits area
THE PHQ in Bhopal appears to have taken the communal incident at Gangaur Ghat a couple of days ago very seriously, for no less than DIG intelligence M R Ashudani personally visited the spot.
He stayed in the area for around half and hour and visited the Shiv and Navagraha temple and also the buried Ganesh temple. He then talked to some of the local residents about the sequence of events on the day of the disturbance.
According to information, at the spot he could meet only the representatives of the minority community. They told him their version of the story. Regarding the Mazaar, they told Ashudani that it had been constructed around 25 years ago, a fact which was being disputed by members of the Dharma Raksha Samiti.
Ashudani also met senior police officers including DIG range Madhukumar Babu, additional SP (west) Dharmendra Chaudhary and area CSP Dhananjaj Shah. He left Indore at around 4 pm today. Ashudani did not meet SP Adarsh Katiyar as he was on leave when the incident took place.