Maharashtra: Aurangzeb's Tomb Locked by ASI for 5 Days After Mosque Committee Tried to Lock It

After the mosque committee attempted to lock the Mughal emperor's tomb, the ASI deployed security guards at the monument before taking the decision to lock it.

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Aurangabad: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has shut Mughal emperor Aurangzeb’s tomb in Maharashtra for five days after a mosque committee in the area tried to lock the place, an official said on Thursday, May 19.

Two days prior, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) spokesperson Gajanan Kale had, in a tweet, questioned the need for the monument’s existence in the state and said it should be destroyed.

Later, a mosque committee in Aurangabad’s Khuldabad area, where the tomb is located, tried to lock the monument, which is protected by the ASI.

Subsequently, the ASI had deployed additional security guards at the monument.

When contacted, the ASI’s Aurangabad circle superintendent Milan Kumar Chauley told PTI, “Earlier, the mosque committee tried to lock the place, but we opened it. On Wednesday, we took a decision to shut the tomb for next five days.”

“We will review the situation and then decide to open it or to keep it closed for another five days,” the official said.

Notably, AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi’s visit to the tomb earlier this month was criticised by the ruling Shiv Sena in the state as well as the Raj Thackeray-led MNS.

Days after Owaisi’s visit to the tomb, NCP chief Sharad Pawar had wondered if such an act was aimed at creating a new controversy in Maharashtra which is functioning peacefully.