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Bhojshala deadlock persists

NO BREAKTHROUGH could be achieved in peace talks to break the impasse over celebrating Basant Panchami at Bhojshala in Dhar today, as Hindu and Muslim leaders were sticking to their stand till the filing of this report.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 12:12 IST

NO BREAKTHROUGH could be achieved in peace talks to break the impasse over celebrating Basant Panchami at Bhojshala in Dhar today, as Hindu and Muslim leaders were sticking to their stand till the filing of this report.

Despite best efforts made on part of administration, the peace committee meeting attended by public representatives, religious leaders, police and district administrative officials at Dhar could not arrive at a compromise.

“We will uphold the rule of law under any circumstances,” DIG Pramod Phalnikar told Hindustan Times and expressed hope that an amicable solution would be reached before the festival, which will be celebrated on Friday.

In the continuing impasse, Hindu leaders remained adamant that it would not be possible to allow time to Muslims for namaaz. The minority community, however, refused to concede.

Communal tension is almost an annual occurrence at Bhojshala, as Hindu organisations perform puja of Goddess Saraswati on Basant Panchami every year. Apart from religious gathering, literary and cultural activities are also held to mark the occasion. Muslims offer namaaz every Friday inside the ASI-protected monument, while Hindus recite Hanuman Chalisa every Tuesday.

Saffron outfits have long been demanding that the Saraswati idol be brought back to Bhojshala from London for installation. But no agreement has yet been reached with UK Government for bringing the idol back. Elaborate security arrangements were put in place with deployment of additional forces to avert untoward incidents, police said.

Apart from heavy deployment of policemen, three additional companies of Rapid Action Force and one of Special Task Force have been posted in the city for the smooth passage of Basant Panchami festival on February 3, Superintendent of Police Praveen Mathur told reporters at Dhar.

Mathur said the administration was prepared to ensure peace during the day as senior officials have been called in from adjoining districts to monitor the situation.

Amid preparations for the festival, closed-circuit cameras have been installed at the Bhojshala to monitor those entering the structure, ASI sources said adding rock carvings at the controversial structure have been protected with transparent sheets.