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ASI shuts Aurangzeb’s tomb in Aurangabad after MNS comments

Two days ago, MNS spokesperson Gajanan Kale had in a tweet questioned the need for the monument's existence in the state and said it should be destroyed.

By: Express News Service | Aurangabad |
Updated: May 20, 2022 2:36:34 am
Aurangazeb's tomb in Aurangabad. (Photo credit: Archeological Survey of India)

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) Thursday shut Mughal emperor Aurangzeb’s tomb in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra for five days after a mosque committee in the area tried to lock the place Wednesday, officials said.

On Tuesday, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) spokesperson Gajanan Kale had in a tweet questioned the need for the monument’s existence in the state and said it should be destroyed.

Kale’s comment came after AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi’s visit to the tomb earlier this month was criticised by the ruling Shiv Sena as well as by the BJP and the Raj Thackeray-led MNS. While BJP leaders demanded Owaisi to be booked under sedition charges, NCP chief Sharad Pawar had wondered if such an act was aimed at creating a new controversy in Maharashtra which has been peaceful.

Subsequently, security at the ASI-protected monument site at Khuldabad in Aurangabad district was increased by the Aurangabad rural police and the ASI to avoid any kind of untoward incident and proper screening of every person was being done.

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However, the mosque committee requested authorities to close the tomb for a few days along with the police and following which a decision was taken by the ASI.

Milankumar Chauley, ASI’s Aurangabad circle superintendent, confirmed that the tomb has been shut for five days from Thursday on the request of the mosque committee and the police.

An official of the Aurangabad rural police said, “The situation at the monument site is under control and no untoward incident has taken place. However, the tomb has been shut for tourists as a precautionary measure.”

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