A leader of a Hindu outfit and Bhoj Utsav Samiti demanded that Hindus should be given the right to offer prayers at the Bhojshala Temple on Basant Panchami from sunrise to sunset without any interruption. They also claimed that they met a Union minister in New Delhi in this connection.
Vijay Rathore, an office bearer of Bhoj Utsav Samiti and Gopal Sharma of Hindu Jagran Manch were in Delhi on Friday and they claimed they met minister of state (independent charge) for culture, tourism and civil aviation Mahesh Sharma and asked for the right to offer prayers at Bhojshala Temple.
“We demanded that the pooja should not be interrupted on Basant Panchami and Muslim should offer namaz somewhere else on the day. This will help in maintain peace and harmony in the city,” said Vijay Rathore while talking to Hindustan Times.
Meanwhile, the administration is all prepared for Basant Panchami on February 12. The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) installed 10 CCTV cameras in and around the Bhojshala Temple to monitor each and every movement inside the premises. The administrative officers have decided to call senior officers who were posted in the district in the last 10 years. As per sources over a dozen senior officers will be camping in Dhar since February 10 to overlook the situation in the city.
The officers who are likely to be in the Dhar to contain any untoward situation are former collectors - BM Sharma, Mohammad Suleman, Jayshri Kiayawat, Navneet Kothari, Srikant Banoth, Shivani Pandey. The IPS officers who will be in district are Bhagwat Singh Chauhan, Rakesh Gupta, Praveen Mathur and others.
A total of 7,000 police personnel are camping in Dhar till February 14. Officers will call more police in the next few days.