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Lawyer claims finding Shivling, videographer says not aware, court orders to seal off area

Lawyer claims finding Shivling, videographer says not aware, court orders to seal off area

Varanasi: Amid the claim of having found a Shivling on the last day of the video survey of the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi, the videographer said he was not aware of such an idol has been found in the mosque pond.

In an interview given to Aaj Tak/India Today TV, the videographer Ganesh Sharma can be heard saying that "you are not kids, you can understand it very well." He also added that the truth will win.

He said that he was directed not to divulge any details regarding the video survey.

Soon after the videographic survey of the mosque ended at the noon today, lawyer Vishnu Jain claimed that a shivling of 12 feet by 8 inches in diameter has been found in the mosque pond.

Hours after the claim by the lawyer from the Hindu side, a Varanasi court ordered the UP government to seal the place where the idol is alleged to have been found.

The court of Civil Judge (Senior Division) Ravi Kumar Diwakar is alleged to have ordered to seal off the area without verifying it while accepting the application of the lawyer from the Hindu petitioners.

The court also said that the responsibility for the security and custodianship of the area which will be sealed will be considered personally by the Varanasi district magistrate, Varanasi police commissioner and the CRPF commandant, Varanasi.

Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi is facing a legal battle after the Hindu side sought permission to worship at the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri complex. The mosque management committee (Anjuman Intezamiya Masajid) said the idol of Shringar Gauri was outside.

The mosque which sits close to Kashi Vishwanath Temple here has been through a video survey.

A court in Varanasi has directed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to probe the structure of the Gyanvapi Masjid. Hence the survey.

Uttar Pradesh's Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya wouldn't wait to celebrate the 'finding'

His tweets said about a mythological message from the manifestation of Baba Mahadev in Gynvapi to Hindu tradition.

The lawyer for the Muslim side Mirazuddin countered the claim saying that it was incorrect.

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said in a tweet that Gyanvapi was a mosque and would remain as one.

The videographer Ganesh Sharma said he was not aware of the shivalinga.

He told India Today TV that "we" were told not to talk about the video survey.

Meanwhile, the Varanasi District Magistrate said that no details of the survey were disclosed by any member of the commission. It also added that the court was the custodian of the information from the survey.

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