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Tomb turned into temple: Govt panel may take over case

“It’s a sensitive issue, as it’s been turned into a temple with idols placed inside... so after due assessment, it might be referred to the Religious Committee,” said a source.

Written by Somya Lakhani | New Delhi | Published: May 7, 2018 1:53:21 am
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The case of the 15th century tomb in Humayunpur being converted into a temple in March this year might be handed over to the Religious Committee of the Delhi government’s Home Department, as per a source. “It’s a sensitive issue, as it’s been turned into a temple with idols placed inside… so after due assessment, it might be referred to the Religious Committee,” said the source.

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On May 4, The Indian Express reported how the state-notified tomb was turned into a temple. The Art, Culture, and Language department had submitted a report to the Deputy CM, in which it said it was a “medieval-era” monument. It had referred to the early 20th century list of monuments in Delhi, prepared by Zafar Hasan for the ASI, wherein Gumti is listed as “monument no 335”.

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The monument was handed over to INTACH last June by the Archaeology department. “We wrote to police on May 4 seeking assistance in removing the encroachment and handing over the monument back to us,” said Vikas Maloo, Head of Office (Archaeology department).

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