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VHP activists march to mosque for prayers

VHP activists march to mosque for prayers

Publication: Sify News
Date: December 21, 2002
URL: http://headlines.sify.com/1488news1.html?headline=VHP~activists~march~to~mosque~for~prayers~

Police in New Delhi on Saturday stopped around 150 Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists from performing prayers at a mosque which they claim was built over 27 demolished Hindu temples, police said.

VHP activists and other Hindu outfits gathered at the mosque in a complex surrounding the world heritage Qutab Minar monument in Delhi south and tried to perform prayers, but were prevented by police.

The activists claim a Mughul emperor built the mosque in the 12th century after demolishing 27 Hindu and Jain temples.

"Around 150 activists who had gathered here demanding right to perform prayers were stopped from entering the protected monument and later arrested," a senior officer told the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency.

Leader of the activists Swami Pragyananda accused the Government of "showing double standards by stopping the volunteers who were agitating peacefully and allowing only Muslims to perform prayers at the monument."

"It has been built by demolishing more than 27 temples and Hindus have a legitimate right to perform puja (worship) at the site," said Ram Kishan Gaud, general secretary of the VHP.

"The Government should hand over the site to Hindus," he added.

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