RSS-backed groups threaten stir if more temples razed

  • HT Correspondent, None, Jaipur
  • Updated: Aug 31, 2015 16:10 IST
Devotees tie raksha sutras (protection threads) at the site where Rojgareshwar Mahadev temple existed at Chhoti Chaupar before it was dismantled for Jaipur Metro. (Prabhakar Sharma/HT Photo)

The RSS-backed committees formed to protect temples in the city on Sunday issued an ultimatum to the state government demanding restoration of the demolished structures and not to raze more temples.

The Mandir Bachao Sangharsh Samiti (MBSS) and the Mandir Sanrakshan Samiti (MSS) held meetings at the spots from where ancient temples, including 250-year-old Rojgareshwar Mahadev temple at Chhoti Chaupar, were demolished and removed to make way for the Jaipur Metro.

The committees have demanded reconstruction of the Rojgareshwar Mahadev temple at its original place, even though the Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation has already constructed a road there.

Accusing the state government of inaction in the matter of demolition of more than 80 temples in the capital over the last one year, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS)-backed committees have threatened to call a statewide agitation if no attention was paid to their demands.

The committee members also tied raksha sutras (protection threads) to each other and vowed to save the temples. Similar events have been held at more than 400 small and big temples across the city since Friday.

Protection threads were also tied to the idols of gods and deities. “We have cautioned the government that no more temples should be demolished, else a statewide agitation will be started,” said Ranjeet Singh, spokesperson of MSS.

Addressing a gathering in the walled city, central secretary of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Koteshwar Sharma said that if the state government did not fulfill its promise there would be “ghor tandav (massive agitation)”.

He said the governments which did unjustice to the Hindu society had to go. He also wondered if the Metro in Delhi could be constructed without razing buildings then why so much destruction was done in Jaipur.

The MBSS has taken up cudgels against the government as the Jaipur Metro has listed 14 more temples to be removed from its way.

Expressing suspicion on the government’s intentions, MBSS convener Badri Narayan Chaudhary said that even after the government’s assurance of not demolishing more religious structures, two temples were removed from Indira Gandhi Nagar at Jagatpura and Hasanpura under the supervision of the police.

The state government had assured that action would be taken against those responsible for demolition of temples and that no more temples would be razed or removed without consultation with the committees, but no headway has been made in this direction so far, the committee members alleged.

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