Varansi: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) here on Monday began the survey of Gyanvapi mosque complex amid tight security.
The authorities and advocates as well as petitioners had gathered outside the mosque to find out the details of the survey.
A local court ordered to conduct survey in the all areas except Wazukhana where a structure that Hindu litigants claimed to be shivling. The ASI asked to submit its report to the district court by August 4.
“We’re sure that the whole premise is of temple only, the result of the survey will be favourable to us,” said, Subhash Nandan Chaturvedi, Advocate representing Hindu side on the Gyanvapi case
Sohan Lal Arya, petitioner in the Gyanvapi mosque case said that, “This is a very glorious moment for us for the Hindu community & crores of Hindus, survey is the only possible solution to this Gyanvapi issue,”
It may be mentioned here that court ordered in response to a petition by a group of women, who claimed the masjid was built over a temple. They also claimed that Hindu gods and goddesses are located inside the mosque and only a scientific survey can reveal the truth.
Sudhir Tripathi, advocate representing Hindu side also said that “Today the Gyanvapi survey will be conducted, it is a good thing for us, the survey will begin at 7 am, can’t say how long it will go on,”
Last year, the Varanasi District judge had dismissed a challenge by the mosque committee that argued the case.
The mosque is located in PM Modi’s constituency, is one of the mosques the right wing claims was built on Hindu Temples.