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Security tightened at Bhojshala

SECURITY WAS tightened with deployment of additional force near the controversial Bhojshala here for Vasant Panchami on February 3 to prevent any untoward incident as the festival coincides with Friday when Muslims offer namaz in the complex.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 12:26 IST

SECURITY WAS tightened with deployment of additional force near the controversial Bhojshala here for Vasant Panchami on February 3 to prevent any untoward incident as the festival coincides with Friday when Muslims offer namaz in the complex.

Besides plans to deploy 15 companies of police, Superintendents of Police of Khandwa, Jhabua and Betul are also likely to be present here during the festival, while top officials of Indore would keep a constant watch on the situation. As a precautionary measure, arms licenses have been suspended from January 31 to February 10 and prohibitory orders clamped in the entire district, official sources said.

Efforts are being made to arrive at a solution to the issue of performing pujas and havan as also namaz by holding talks with both the communities, district Collector Ramkinkar Gupta said.

State PWD Minister Kailash Vijayavergiya, who is in charge of the district, held discussions on the issue with members of both communities during a recent visit to the Bhojshala.

Though the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has fixed time schedules for both communities to perform religious programmes, it may turn out to be an uphill task for the administration to get the premises vacated for the purpose, sources said.

While the Hindu Jagaran Manch (HJM) has urged Muslims to allow pujas throughout the day on Vasant Panchami adopting a liberal approach, Shahar Qazi Zakaullah Siddiqui has asked the district administration to take steps to enable both communities to perform their religious functions in a peaceful manner.