Hindu Mahasabha activists held for doing puja in Taj premises

They were caught by CISF personnel and handed over to local police, which booked them under IPC section 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on the ground religion, etc) at Tajganj police station.

Three Hindu Mahasabha activists, including a woman, were arrested while trying to offer prayers on Taj Mahal premises.

They were caught by CISF personnel and handed over to local police, which booked them under IPC section 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on the ground religion, etc) at Tajganj police station.

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The three activists, Meena Diwakar, provincial chief of the organisation, district in-charge Jitendra Kushwaha and one Vishal Singh entered the monument's premises and offered water, which they carried in a bottle, to Lord Sun near a central tank. On the occasion of Maha Shivratri on Thursday.

They were caught by CISF personnel when they were going to offer prayers before the main mausoleum.

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Later, Hindu Mahasabha activists staged a protest outside the police station and demanded their release.

Tajganj police station in-charge Umesh Tripathi said that Kushwaha and Vishal have been remanded to judicial custody for 14 days. Diwakar was issued a notice as she fell ill and was taken to S.N. Medical college for treatment.

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This was the second such incident in the last three years.

In November 2018, a group of women activists performed puja in the mosque, located on the Taj Mahal premises.

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The organisation claims that Taj Mahal was originally a Shiva temple and was called Tejo Mahalaya.

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