Bhojshala row: Week before Basant Panchami, thousands turn up for prayers

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) allows Hindus to pray from sunrise to 12.30 pm and then from 3.30 pm till sunset and Muslims from 1 pm to 3 pm on every Basant Panchami.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Dhar (mp) | Published: February 6, 2016 2:38 am
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Exactly a week before Basant Panchami, thousands of Muslims offered namaz at Bhojshala-Kamal Maula’s mosque in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar town on Friday, leaving the local administration worried.

The turnout was much more than usual and came a day after Hindu organisations boycotted a sadbhavana rally organised by the administration protesting that the majority community was not named in the appeal for peace. The right-wing activists argued that the appeal mentioned the minority community and it reflected the biased approach of the administration and the state BJP government.

The administration has made elaborate arrangements at the Bhojshala-Kamal Maula’s mosque to avoid a repeat of 2006 and 2013, when Dharma Jagaran Manch and Bhoj Utsav Samiti members refused to vacate the premises by 12.30 pm, forcing the police to use force and to ensure a symbolic namaz.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) allows Hindus to pray from sunrise to 12.30 pm and then from 3.30 pm till sunset and Muslims from 1 pm to 3 pm on every Basant Panchami. But this year, Hindu organisations have rejected the arrangement, warning that there will be either puja or namaz at the shrine on February 12 and not both.

“We will pray outside the shrine if we don’t get a commitment from Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan by February 11 that namaz will not be offered the whole day (on February 12),’’ DJM convener Gopal Sharma told The Indian Express.

On the huge turnout for Friday prayers, Sharma said the turnout included Muslims from neighbouring towns and villages. “They have asked their women to go elsewhere on that day (Basant Panchami). You know what’s coming,’’ he claimed.

Among those who offered prayers on Friday was Shahar Kazi Sadiq Waqar, who was missing ever since he was booked for sedition. Hindu organisations widely circulated his photograph, stating that it was “a slap on the administration’s face”. But a senior police officer said Kazi can’t be arrested till the outcome of the probe was known.

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  1. Tapan Ghosh
    Feb 7, 2016 at 4:54 pm
    Plz remember that the accused Hindus of Bhagalpur including leader Kameswar Yadav were not given punishment during Lalu-Rabri regime. They were sent to jail for w life during Nitish-Sushil Modi regime. Not only that, BJP leader Sushil Modi proudly declared that they gave justice to the Muslims of Bhagalpur (Hamne Musalmanoko nyay dilaya) after the verdict in court. Then after, BJP candidates have been defeated in every election in Bhagalpur including 2014 LS election despite tremendous Modi wave all over India including Bihar.
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    1. Tapan Ghosh
      Feb 7, 2016 at 4:48 pm
      This is indeed very important observation.
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        Vinod Vinayak
        Feb 6, 2016 at 6:19 pm
        r u real or a fake one?
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          Vinod Vinayak
          Feb 6, 2016 at 10:50 am
          On the huge turnout for Friday prayers, Mr. Gopal Sharma said the turnout included Muslims from neighbouring towns and villages. “They have asked their women to go elsewhere on that day (Basant Panchami). You know what’s coming,’’ he claimed. This very same tactics was used by muslims in 1989 riot of Bhagalpur. 2 weeks before the riot started on 24 Oct, 1989; there were huge migration of muslim women and children. each group of muslim women and children were accompanied by a single male of 18 yrs or above. sometimes 15 something muslim male would accompany the group of women and smaller children. from 18 oct on-wards, no muslim student was attending any cles either in the CMS High School, or jila School. from 19 on-wards no muslim teacher attended any of the government school in Bhagalpur. on 24 Oct, 1989, one muslim teacher of CMS High school Mr. Qudus came as far as lalit Bhavan and waited there for around 15 minutes and turned back. A lot of Hindu students were talking about the impending riot, when asked for the reason they pointed out that no muslim student or muslim teacher had shown up. for a long time there was no bell for embly prayer and after sometime the school was declared closed till further notice. muslims were invaders, attacker, raiders, perers, pillaers, marauders, looters; occupiers, conquerors; ailants, intruders who destro our Hindu places of worship and claimed the destro places as their own. if today's muslims identify with those invaders, attacker, raiders, perers, pillagers, marauders, looters; occupiers, conquerors; ailants; intruders we Hindus have to treat these today's muslims as invaders, attacker, raiders, perers, pillagers, marauders, looters; occupiers, conquerors; ailants, intruders. muslims have no locus standi on these Hindus places of worship other than that of the invaders, attacker, raiders, perers, pillagers, marauders, looters; occupiers, conquerors; ailants, intruders.
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