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Uttar Pradesh: Survey work of Gyanvapi campus ends

Varanasi, May 16 (Agency)

The survey-videography work of Gyanvapi campus was completed in Varanasi district of Uttar Pradesh on the third day on Monday amid tight security arrangements. Varanasi District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma told reporters, after conducting a survey for more than two hours and 15 minutes on Monday, the commission constituted by the court finished its work at around 10.15 am. All the parties were satisfied with the survey work. It is worth mentioning that the Gyanvapi Mosque is situated close to the iconic Kashi Vishwanath Temple. The local court is hearing a plea by a group of women seeking permission for daily prayers in front of the idols on its outer walls.

On Sunday, District Magistrate Sharma had said that Monday’s survey work would start at 8 am and during this time all the parties have been instructed to be present in the mosque premises. Hindu side’s advocate Madan Mohan Yadav had said on Sunday that about 65 per cent of the survey work has been completed today and it will continue tomorrow (Monday). Yadav had said that since advocates are not used to such survey work and it is purely archaeological survey work, it is taking some time. A Varanasi court on Thursday dismissed a plea seeking removal of Advocate Commissioner (court commissioner) Ajay Mishra, appointed for conducting survey-videography work of Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri complex, on charges of favoritism. The court had made it clear that videography would be done inside the Gyanvapi mosque as well.

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