Survey started amidst tight security in Gyanvapi Masjid, a basement survey completed
Varanasi, 14 May (H.S.). The proceedings of the commission (survey) in the Gyanvapi Shringar Gauri case have started on Saturday amid tight security. The district administration has barricaded the movement of one kilometer away from the Gyanvapi mosque complex due to security reasons. All vehicles coming from Godauliya and Maidagin have been diverted to another route.
The entry is being given only after a thorough scrutiny of the devotees coming to the Shri Kashi Vishwanath temple premises. Advocate Commissioner Ajay Mishra and about 52 people from the plaintiff-respondent side have gone inside the premises of Gyanvapi Masjid. The mobiles of everyone in the survey team have been deposited outside. The team has completed the survey of the second basement built in the premises. Both have been videographed. The team first did videography on the ground floor near the grill. Special cameras and lights were arranged for videography of the premises.
The survey team entered the mosque in the Gyanvapi complex from Gate No.-4 at around eight o’clock this morning. The DGP and Chief Secretary of the state are monitoring the survey. Survey work will be done till 12 noon. All the shops around the temple are also closed.
Jitendra Singh Bisen of Vishwa Vedic Sanatan Sangh and four litigants of the five women including Manju Vyas, Sita Sahu, Rekha Pathak and Lakshmi Devi are also present in the Gyanvapi mosque complex. Before entering the mosque, Jitendra Singh Bisen told the media personnel that the commission proceedings would start today. The proceedings were stopped twice. But, today there is full confidence that the action will be completed. We have got time to act for three days. Efforts will be made to complete maximum work today and even after tomorrow being Sunday, the action will be taken forward.
Proceedings will continue on Monday as well as the report is to be presented in the court on Tuesday, the 17th. He said that if the need arises, if the action is not completed, then after completing the proceedings on the 17th also after taking permission from the court, the report will be filed.
It is worth mentioning that the court has ordered that strict legal action should be taken by registering FIR against those who obstruct the proceedings of the commission. The court has entrusted the responsibility of conducting the survey to Advocate Commissioner Ajay Mishra. He is accompanied by Special Court Commissioner Vishal Singh and Assistant Court Commissioner Ajay Pratap Singh. The media has been stopped at the Gyanvapi campus and about a kilometer away from the main gate.