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Friday prayers at Gyanvapi mosque pass off peacefully

Source: PTI
May 20, 2022 17:14 IST
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The Friday namaz at the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi passed off peacefully amid tight security arrangements, police said.

IMAGE: Security personnel stand guard as Muslims arrive in a large number at the Gyanvapi mosque to offer Friday prayers in Varanasi, Friday, May 20, 2022. Photograph: PTI Photo

In view of the Friday prayer, the police had made strict security arrangements with heavy deployment of forces at gate number four of the Kashi Vishwanath temple, from where namazis were allowed to enter, they said.

Earlier, the Anjuman Intazamiya Masajid Committee had appealed to the devotees not to come in large numbers to offer prayers in view of the the wazookhana having been sealed.

The 'wazookhana' was sealed on a Varanasi court order after some counsel representing Hindu petitioners to the court seeking permission to perform worship of deities at the western wall of the mosque, had claimed that during the court-ordered, a Shivling was found in the wazookhana.

The mosque management committee, however, has claimed that the structure was part of a fountain in the wazookhana.


Anjuman Intazamiya Masajid Committee secretary M S Yasin said a large number of people reached the mosque to offer Friday prayers but they were asked to return.

Yasin said the district administration had arranged water drums in the mosque premises for devotees and the committee had also appealed to them to maintain peace.

In an appeal issued Friday, the committee had also asked the devotees to refrain from visiting the mosque in large numbers.

It was stated in the appeal that because of the sealing of the wazookhana and toilet there are some problems.

"Since the number of namazis remains high during Friday prayers, this problem will increase further. Due to this compulsion, it is an appeal to refrain from coming for namaz in large numbers and like other times offer namaz in mosques of your own localities," the letter stated.

The appeal communication had also urged people visiting the mosque for the namaz to come after performing 'wazoo' (ablutions) so that they do not face any problem.

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