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Taj Mahal Attacked Again. VHP Goons Vandalise Monument Gate Saying Temple Path Blocked

The ASI provided an alternative path to the temple.

The gate at the west end of the Taj Mahal was vandalised by members of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Sunday. They justified their move saying it was “blocking a path to the Siddheshwar Mahadev temple”.

The right-wing activists protested outside the tomb in Agra on Sunday claiming that the gate at the west end of the monument was blocking the entrance to a 400-year-old temple.

This temple in question is located 350 meters away from the gate, a Scroll report said.

As ASI was laying the frames of the turnstile metal gate, the VHP members shouted slogans. Ravi Dubey, an office bearer of the VHP said, “We dislodged the turnstile gate and will not allow it to be installed at any cost. The temple is 400 years old and has been in existence prior to Taj Mahal. So, there is no logic in blocking passage to the temple.”

An ASI official said that they had provided an alternative path to the temple. However, the activists refused to relent and allegedly removed the 10X11 feet tall steel gate installed by the ASI, The Times of India reported.

An ASI official told TOI, “We have lodged a police complaint against them (VHP activists) as they destroyed government property.” Conservation assistant for ASI at Taj Mahal, Tarun Dutt Sharma lodged a complaint.

According to Hindustan Times, the police registered a case against 30 people and five have been identified.

The Scroll report said that Ravi Dubey, Mohit Sharma, Niranjan Pathak, Madan Verma and Gulla have been booked under sections of Public Property Damage Prevention Act, Criminal Law Amendment Act and the Indian Penal Code.