June 13, 2018:
VHP workers with hammers and iron rods trying to vandalise western entrance of the Taj Mahal.
Group of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) members tried to vandalise West Gate of the Taj Mahal on alleging that Archeological Survey of India (ASI) is blocking the way to a 400-year-old Shiva temple while constructing a closed area for Taj Mahal.
Video footage shows that VHP workers with hammers and iron rods trying to vandalise the western entrance of the Taj Mahal (on Basai Ghat) even as they removed turnstile gate installed by ASI.
Right-wing activists raised slogans against them.
Police stated that there’s an optional path to the Siddheshwar Mahadev Temple on Basai Ghat, but VHP members weren’t satisfied with the explanation.
ASI has lodged a complaint, and an FIR has been registered on the same day against the five members of VHP and 20-25 of their unidentified associates for rioting, assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty and under the section 7 of Criminal Law Amendment Act and section of Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.
Taj Safety Circled Officer stated that,“Around 25-30 activists from VHP came near the western gate of the Taj Mahal and started vandalizing the newly installed turnstile gate for ticket collection for Taj Mahal and Saheli ka Burj. Protesters had hammers and iron rods with them. They removed the gate and threw it some around 50 metres from there. Soon the Taj Safety Police team reached there and stopped them from vandalising more property”.
No arrests have been made so far.