Delhi: Right-wing outfits create ruckus to rename Qutub Minar as Vishnu Stambh; Several arrested

New Delhi: 

The Delhi Police on Tuesday detained several members of various Hindutava outfits who gathered near Qutub Minar and demonstrated with the demand of renaming the Qutub Minar as Vishnu Stambh. The police informed that the Hindutava organisations sought no permission prior to stage the protest. 

The Delhi Police said, “44 members of the United Hindu Front and Rashtravadi Shiv Sena were detained for holding a protest demonstration without permission at Qutub Minar today.”

The activists started reciting Hunaman Chalisa at the protest site where they also raised slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ with saffron flags. 

United Hindu Front (UHF) president Jai Bhagwan Goyal, who called for the protest, alleged that he is under house arrest since morning at his residence in Delhi’s Shahdara area house, reported IANS. 

“Since 7 am, the SHO and ACP Vijay Nagar have been present at my home with 10-15 people. They told me they have orders from the CP (commissioner of police) that I should not be allowed to reach there. We had given a call for reciting the Hanuman Chalisa at the Qutub Minar, demanding that it be declared as Vishnu Stambh since it was made by breaking down 27 temples,” The Indian Express quoted Goyal.

Goyal invited the followers to gather on the premises of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mehrauli area and recite Hanuman Chalisa. 

The UHF president said had submitted a memorandum to Union Home Minister Amit Shah Tuesday where he alleged that the “so-called” Qutub Minar was actually an old Vishnu temple. 

“It is well known that and specified clearly on the walls of the complex that it was constructed from the material got after demolishing 27 temples. There are statues of Hindu gods in the complex. Any self-determined Hindu can feel angered by seeing the Ganesh idols inside. The idols of Ganesh have been kept upside down and inside a cage to insult Hindu sentiments,” he said.


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