ASI survey of Gyanvapi mosque complex delayed by 3 hours

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 The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has resumed the survey on the fourth consecutive day on Monday with a delay of three hours due to the rush of devotees at the Kashi Vishwanath temple, which is adjacent to Gyanvapi mosque complex.

A large number of devotees gathered in queue to worship lord Shiva on the fifth Monday of Shravan month at the Kashi Vishwanath corridor amid heightened security arrangements.

Vishnu Shankar Jain, the counsel of plaintiff, said that the survey started at 11 am with a delay of three hours due to rush of devotees at Kashi Vishwanath temple and continued till 12:30 pm. It again resumed at 2:30 pm and continued till 5 pm.

He said that it was a scientific survey which is different from the Advocate Commission survey held last year. A detailed scientific study of structures of the Gyanvapi mosque and its architectures was being done by the ASI team consisting of 42 members today.

However, Jain avoided giving details of scientific survey and the artefacts found during the ASI survey and said that everything will come out in open in the ASI’s report.

“The survey of the entire premises is being done,” he said.

Another counsel of Hindu side Madan Mohan Yadav said that the work of mapping, measurement, scanning, framing and a 3D model map of the Gyanvapi complex was being prepared during the ASI survey of Gyanvapi complex. “A Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) instrument is being used in the survey,” he said.

It may be noted that the joint secretary of Anjuman Intezamia Masajid Committee, Syed Mohammad Yasin on Sunday has threatened to boycott the survey if the rumours are not checked.

Counsel of Intezamia Committee Akhlaq Ahmad had claimed that rumours were being spread in the social media as well as in a section of media that broken pieces of idols, trident and kalash were found under one of the cellars of Gyanvapi complex.

Counsels of both the sides, the plaintiff and defendant, were present during the ASI survey on Monday.

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