Row over Angad Tila: Ram Mandir Trust, Naga Sadhus, Ayodhya administration slug it out - Hindustan Times
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Row over Angad Tila: Ram Mandir Trust, Naga Sadhus, Ayodhya administration slug it out

Sep 23, 2023 08:39 PM IST

The Trust intends to use this land for expanding the Ram Janmabhoomi campus and its associated projects. Conversely, the Naga Sadhus of Hanuman Garhi claim that the land rightfully belongs to them.

LUCKNOW A fresh controversy has erupted over the acquisition of 1.6 acres of land at Angad Tila by the Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirath Kshetra Trust in Ayodhya. This dispute has set the Naga Sadhus of Hanuman Garhi against the Trust, which is currently overseeing the construction of the Ram Mandir.

Representative pic of Ayodhya (HT File)
Representative pic of Ayodhya (HT File)

The Trust intends to use this land for expanding the Ram Janmabhoomi campus and its associated projects. Conversely, the Naga Sadhus of Hanuman Garhi claim that the land rightfully belongs to them.

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As the standoff continued into Sunday, the Naga Sadhus stood their ground and established a langar (community kitchen) while engaging in bhajan-kirtan on the Angad Tila land adjacent to the Ram Janmabhoomi campus.

Despite mounting pressure from the Ayodhya administration to resolve the dispute with the Trust, the Naga Sadhus, undeterred, demolished the construction work carried out by the Trust with the aid of earth movers on Sunday.

A portion of Angad Tila is situated within the Ram Janmabhoomi campus, while the majority of the monument’s land lies outside of it. According to the historical account, the Angad Tila land is the property of Hanuman Garhi, as claimed by the Naga Sadhus.

Priest Ramesh Das of Hanuman Garhi asserts that Mahant Murli Das of Hardwari Peeth of Hanuman Garhi is the custodian of Angad Tila. After weeks of unsuccessful negotiations between the Trust and Hanuman Garhi, the Ayodhya administration declared the land as “nazul land” (government land).

Representing the Ayodhya administration, the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) held discussions with the Naga Sadhus of Hanuman Garhi on Sunday, but these talks proved futile. “The land unequivocally belongs to Hanuman Garhi. We possess all the necessary records,” said Mahant Sanjay Das, former president of Akhada Parishad.

Commenting on the issue, Anil Mishra, a member of the Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirath Kshetra Trust, said, “The Trust had sought to acquire the land (Angad Tila). Talks between the Trust and Hanuman Garhi have reached an impasse... We are no longer involved in this matter. What the district administration is doing (declaring Angad Tila land as government land) is beyond our control.”

Back in June 2021, the Trust found itself embroiled in another land purchase controversy in Ayodhya, involving the acquisition of 1.2080 hectares of land in Ayodhya’s Bag Bijaisi. However, that issue has since been resolved.

Now, with the Trust stepping aside, the Hanuman Garhi Sadhus anticipate a contentious battle with the Ayodhya administration. “Everyone knows who prompted the sudden declaration of Angad Tila land as ‘nazul land’ (government land) by the Ayodhya administration,” said Mahant Sanjay Das.

Challenging the Ayodhya administration will not be an easy task for the Naga Sadhus of Hanuman Garhi.

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    Pawan Dixit has been a journalist for over a decade. He has extensively covered eastern UP for around five years, covered 2012 UP assembly polls, 2014 Lok Sabha polls while being stationed in Varanasi. Now, in Lucknow, he covers outstation political assignments, reports special cases from district court, high court and state information commission

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