Jaipur: The Rajasthan government suspended three officials, including a sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), amid a row over the demolition of a 300-year-old Shiva temple in Alwar. The suspended officers include Rajgarh SDM Keshav Kumar Meena, Rajgarh Municipality Board chairman Satish Duharia and Nagar Panchayat executive officer Banwari Lal Meena.
Last week, a 300-year-old Shiva temple was vandalized by a bulldozer at Sarai Mohalla in Rajgarh’s Alwar district. In Rajasthan’s Alwar district, apart from a Shiva temple, 86 shops and houses were vandalized by bulldozers on Sunday to clear the road.
Earlier on Monday, a public interest litigation was filed in the Rajasthan High Court against the demolition of a 300-year-old Shiva temple in Alwar, in which Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot along with District Collector, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Executive Officer, Municipality and others formed a party. has gone.
The PIL states that the demolition drive in Rajgarh was carried out in an unconstitutional manner, in the name of a master plan by the state government, demolishing shops and temples, including an ancient Shiva temple.
The PIL said, “The sentiments of Hindu society have been hurt by demolishing the Shiva temple in an unconstitutional manner and fundamental rights of innocent people have been violated.”
As the encroachment drive took a political turn, Rajasthan Congress chief GS Dotasara said, “The work to remove illegal encroachments on the Alwar temple started during the previous regime of the BJP government. It is wrong to say that Congress disturbs temples and idols. This has always been the agenda of the BJP. As soon as elections are approaching, they create religious unrest to earn political bread.”
The Rajasthan Congress has alleged that Vasundhara Raje was the chief minister when the BJP had promised a road named “Gaurav Path” at the same spot where the demolition took place.
first published:April 26, 2022, 8:40 a.m.