Vishwa Hindu Parishad members vandalised the west gate of the Taj Mahal alleging that ASI is blocking the way to a 400-year-old Shiva temple
A group of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) members vandalised the west gate of the Taj Mahal in Agra. The vandals alleged that the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) is blocking the way to a 400-year-old Shiva temple while constructing a closed area for the Taj Mahal. Around 25-30 members of VHP with hammers and iron rods damaged and tried to remove the turnstile gate of the Taj Mahal (on Basai Ghat). The Taj safety police team immediately rushed to the spot and stopped them from vandalising more property. An FIR was lodged against the VHP members for rioting, assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) alleged that the turnstile gate installed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) reportedly blocked access to the Siddheshwar Mahadev at Basai ghat along the western wall of the Taj Mahal. Similarly, the optional route, suggested by the ASI, was a narrow one and people cannot walk properly on it.
The police tried to explain that there’s an optional path to the Siddheshwar Mahadev Temple on the Basai Ghat but the protesters were not satisfied with the explanation. They threw the gate 50 meters away and staged protest against ASI & also raised slogans. A panic situation was triggered among the tourists and some tourists were seen leaving the site.
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