Times of india
ALLAHABAD: Dubbing the explosion in Varanasi as “a heinous act of Jehadi terrorism”, Vishva Hindu Parishad today demanded the holy city of Kashi be accorded the status of a “protected heritage site” and entry of non-Hindus into it be banned.
“It is the second time that a heinous act of Jehadi terrorism has been committed at the holy city of Varanasi on a Tuesday, a day held sacred by millions of Hindus.
“It was a Tuesday when the Sankatmochan temple was rocked by a bomb explosion and now there is a blast at a spot where the Ganga arati was underway”, VHP international secretary general Praveen Togadia said in a statement.
He said the government, which has been “defaming Hindus by coining phrases like Hindu terrorism”, “must now show the courage to act tough and conduct a thorough search of the numerous mosques where jehadi elements have been taking shelter”.
“What business do non-Hindus have at the ghats of Kashi and other places held sacred by the Hindus? When Hindus are not allowed inside Haj houses and mosques, why are people from other faiths allowed to roam freely around temples. All this has been allowed so far on account of the policy of Muslim appeasement adopted by the government”, the firebrand VHP leader said.
“The Vishva Hindu Parishad demands that all the madrasas located at Kashi be immediately locked and premises of the mosques situated there be searched thoroughly.
“Besides, Kashi must be declared a protected heritage site and the entry of non-Hindus in the area should be prohibited”, he said.
(PTI, Dec 7, 2010,)
Entry of non-Hindus into Kashi temples should be banned: VHP
Agencies Posted online: Wed Dec 08 2010
Jaipur : Terming the Varanasi blast as a “demonic face of Jehadi terrorism,” Vishva Hindu Parishad on Wednesday said entry of non-Hindus into the temples of Kashi should be banned.
“The blast is a demonic face of Jehadi terrorism and it establishes that terror activities are constantly rising in the country, which is a matter of serious concern to all,” VHP Joint General Secretary Vinayak Rao Deshpandey said at a press conference here.
“Entry of non-Hindus into the temples of Kashi should be banned. Saints raised the demand last night and we support it. However, it will be discussed in detail in our annual meeting, which is scheduled to take place next month,” he said.
He also demanded that the city of Kashi be given the status of a protected heritage site.
Deshpandey said though he welcomed the Allahabad High Court’s verdict over the Ayodhya title suit, he did not agree with the three-way division of the land between the party for Ram Lalla, Sunni Waqf Board and the Nirmohi Akhara.
“The division of land is not an acceptable point. Besides, the 70-acre land which is in possession of the Union government must be handed over for the building of Ram temple,” he said.
Accusing the Union government of not taking up the issue of terrorism seriously, he said they should take “strong decisions” like the US in dealing with the menace, including hanging Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, who has been sentenced to death.
“The US dealt with terrorism very effectively and ensured non-occurrence of incidents like the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, and our government should also make some strong decisions like the execution of death penalty to Afzal Guru and destroying terror camps of Pakistan,” he said.
Deshpande said that a yagna and meeting in support of their demand to get a bill passed in Parliament for the construction of Ram temple would be held in Jaipur on December 18. 6,000 such meetings and yagnas would be held throughout the country, he added.