The Hush Post| A video was gone viral here on Saturday which showed Rashtriya Bajrang Dal’s (RBD) women’s wing district president and two activists performing ‘aarti’ at Taj Mahal premises.
The Archaeological Survey of India and Central Industrial Security Force officials said they were verifying the video.
District RBD women’s wing president Meena Diwakar said, “We entered the Taj Mahal with ‘dhoop batti’ (incense sticks), Gangajal and matchbox and performed ‘aarti’ at the mosque on the premises. We ‘purified’ the location as it is our ‘Shiv Temple’, sanctity of which was damaged by ‘namaz’.”
“The identity of the Taj Mahal is because of Tejo Mahalaya, the Shiva Temple. Permission was granted for offering namaz once on Friday but it has been offered on other days too. So we also offered ‘aarti’. We are prepared to face action if those violating the norms by offering ‘namaz’ on weekdays are punished,” she said.
The ASI and CISF officials did not confirm the incident. Enough frisking takes place at the Taj Mahal gates and certain items, including matchboxes, etc are banned.
Ankit Namdev, the ASI conservation assistant at Taj Mahal, said, “We have come to know about the video of ‘aarti’. The details are being verified.”
Brij Bhushan Commandant CISF said, the matter is yet to come to them and in case there was such an incident, it would be probed.
City unit president of the Congress Haji Jamiluddin Qureshi has condemned the incident. He has sought action against those offering ‘aarti’ as according to him their aim is to dent communal harmony.