Pillar inside Taj Mahal premises collapses due to heavy rain

Prime News, Nation, (Agra), April 12:-As heavy rain continues to lash several parts of Uttar Pradesh, a pillar of the entry gate to the world famous Taj Mahal monument collapsed on Thursday.

The pillar located on the southern entry gate of the monument fell due to rain on Thursday past midnight, according to sources.

No casualties have been reported as of now.

In another rain-related incident, about 50 km from Agra, three children died in Mathura district on Wednesday after a tin roof of their one-room house collapsed. The incident took place when their parents, who happen to be daily wage labourers, were not at home.

Also, crops were damaged in several areas in Nandgaon, Vrindavan, Kosi Kalan areas of Mathura district.

Meanwhile in a related note, the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked Sunni Waqf Board to provided ownership documents of Taj Mahal.

While hearing a 2010 appeal filed by Archeological Survey of India (ASI) over ownership of Taj Mahal, Supreme Court asked the Sunni Waqf Board what documents do they have to prove that Taj Mahal is their property?

Appearing for the board, senior advocate VV Giri told the apex court that Mughal emperor Shah Jahan executed a wakfnama in favour of the board.

Advocate Vishnu Jain told ANI: “Sunni Central Waqf Board declared Taj Mahal as Waqf property in 2004 against which Archaeological survey of India filed an appeal. In that plea, SC has sought reply from Waqf board that what documents do they have to prove that Taj Mahal is their property.”

The board has a week to produce the signatures of the emperor who died in 1666, almost 18 years after the monument he built in the memory of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, was completed.

Taj Mahal is one of several iconic monuments managed by ASI. Considered one of the most beautiful monuments in the world, Taj Mahal has been dragged into several controversies in recent years.

Advocate Jain also told ANI that a civil suit has been filed in Agra civil court claiming that the Agra’s Taj Mahal is a Hindu temple.

Some political leaders and groups like Hindu Mahasabha have also claimed the monument is in fact Tejo Mahalaya – a Hindu temple.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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