GANGAUR GHAT is showing all signs of turning into another Karbala Maidan – which is a constant source of tension for administration from the communal point of view.
While the administration is trying to diffuse the tension by taking upon itself the task of restoration and beautification of the Navgraha, Shiv and Ganesh temples in the Gangaur Ghat, the Dharma Raksha Samiti is still trying to up the ante by saying that while they welcome the decision to restore the temples, they would not tolerate any interference in their Pooja and Aarti.
Taking to Hindustan Times, Dharma Raksha Samiti, Chhatribagh area convener Sanjay Bhatia said that they would continue with the Sunday Aarti and Pooja in the three temples. “We have been doing it for the past few months and we will continue it. Why should the administration interfere in out Pooja,” he said.
It may be recalled that on June 18, it was during this Pooja and Aarti function at these temples that provocative slogans against the Muslims were raised, which culminated in stone throwing between the two communities, lathi-charge by police and resulted in tension in the City.
Apart from the question of Pooja and Aarti, there is also the matter of the Mazaar, which the members of the saffron brigade claim is built on encroached land, and want it to be demolished. Regarding the Ganesh temple, while the administration wants to dig it out, the saffron brigade want that the people (mainly Muslims) who are said to be on temple land should be thrown out. These are ticklish issues, which the administration will have to address before a solution can be found.
Asked where the members of the saffron brigade would be allowed to say prayers and hold Aarti on Sunday at the temples, Collector Vivek Aggrawal said that they were in the process of consultation with various groups so that a consensus could be arrived at regarding all the issues.
Asked about the status of the huts around the Ganesh temple, he said that the process of checking Nazool records (to see whether they are encroachment) was going on and everything would be clear in a day or two.
The administration has formed a five-member committee, headed by Sarafa SDM Uma Shankar Bhargava, and the other members being the Sarafa CSP, PWD executive engineer, IMC Zonal officer and Pandrinath TI. The Ganesh temple buried under rubble would be dug out and the other two temples would be cleaned and spruced up.