nSeveral people on Tuesday marched to offer prayers at the Ravidas temple site in the Tughlaqabad area, a month after it was demolished on Supreme Court orders, but they were stopped by police just short of the location. The people after being stopped by the police performed rituals on road at the Guru Ravidas Marg.
According to Devesh Srivastava, Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range), to maintain law and order in the area, adequate security arrangements are made, police have not allowed the people to reach the site.
"The rituals were performed very peacefully," Joint CP added. The Guru Ravidas Temple Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti, one of the organisations that protested the demolition, has said prayers will be offered at the site on the 10th of every month till the temple is reconstructed.
Meanwhile, Ahosk Bharti, spokesman of the Guru Ravidas Movement said that earlier, they were asked to perform the rituals at Jantar Mantar but the committee members met senior Delhi Police officials and ensured them that there would be no violence this time and as per planned, the rituals performed peacefully.
"We will perform rituals on the 10th of every month as the temple was demolished on August 10. We are going to meet the saints in Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh and there will be a grand puja on October 10," said Bharti.
The samiti has asked the Government to ensure the return of the temple land to the Guru Ravidas Jainti Samarth Samiti at the earliest and withdraw all cases against those arrested after a protest against the demolition turned violent last month, he said. The committee members met senior Delhi Police officers and ensured that the rituals will be performed peacefully.
The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had demolished the structure on August 10 following court orders. In a statement issued last month, the body said the "structure was removed as per the orders of the Supreme Court". "The standing semi-permanent structure was dismantled peacefully without any resistance or use of force in the presence of Guru Ravi Das Jayanti Samaroh Samiti members," the DDA had said.