ASI shuts down Aurangzeb’s tomb for 5 days, security tightened
Aurangzeb’s Tomb (File photo)
Aurangabad: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has closed the tomb of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in Maharashtra for five days after a mosque committee in the area tried to seal the site, an official said on Thursday.
Two days ago, MNS spokesperson Gajanan Kale in a tweet had questioned the need for the existence of the monument in the state and said it should be destroyed.
Later, a mosque committee in the Khullaabad area of Aurangabad, where the tomb is located, tried to shut down the monument, which is protected by the ASI.
Subsequently, the ASI had deployed additional security guards at the memorial.
When contacted, ASI’s Aurangabad circle superintendent Milan Kumar Choule told PTI, “First the mosque committee tried to lock the place, but we opened it. On Wednesday we decided to close the mausoleum for the next five days.
“We will review the situation and then decide to open it or keep it closed for the next five days,” the official said.
Notably, AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi’s visit to the mausoleum earlier this month was criticized by the ruling Shiv Sena in the state and the Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).
Days after Owaisi’s visit to the mausoleum, NCP chief Sharad Pawar wondered whether such an act was aimed at creating a new controversy in Maharashtra which is working peacefully.
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