Kashi Vishwanath Temple | Photo credit: IANS
- Harihar Pandey received security by order of Police Commissioner A Satish Ganesh
- Pandey received a call from an unknown number after the court order
- A Varanasi court on Thursday ordered an archaeological study of the Kashi Vishwanath temple and the premises of the Gyanvapi mosque
New Delhi: Days after a Varanasi court ordered an archaeological survey of Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Gyanvapi Mosque premises, a petitioner alleged that he had been threatened with death, after which he was given safety.
Harihar Pandey has been taken to safety on the orders of Police Commissioner A Satish Ganesh and they are investigating the case, a policeman told PTI.
Pandey said he received the death threat after returning home following an expedited court order in the case on Thursday. The call was from an unknown number, Pandey said.
‘You have won the case but will not be able to enter the temple’
He claimed that the person gave his name as Yasin and said, “Pandeyji, you have won the case but you will not be able to enter the temple. You and your colleagues will be killed.
In a large development, the court gave its approval for a study of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Gyanvapi Mosque Complex by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), asking the government of Uttar Pradesh to bear the cost of investigation.
The ASI is likely to put in place a team of five who will visit campus soon.
Sunni Board to challenge ASI inquiry order
The petitioner in the plea argued that the Varanasi Mosque was part of the temple, saying that Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, in 1664, demolished part of the 2,000-year-old Kashi Vishwanath temple to build the mosque in its place. .
Meanwhile, the Sunni Central Waqf Council of Uttar Pradesh has said it will challenge the Varanasi court order and said Gyanvapi Masjid’s status is unchallengeable.
Council chairman Zufar Faruqi said the ordinance violates the 1991 Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, which has been upheld by the Supreme Court on several occasions.