After the controversy of the Gyanvapi Mosque in Varanasi, UP, a similar dispute has now arisen in Rajpura, Patiala, Punjab. Members of the Sikh and Hindu communities accused the Muslim community of forcibly seizing a Sikh inn and converting it into a mosque. Meanwhile, the Muslim community denied the allegations and said that the Gujranwala Mohala Mosque dates back to the pre-independence era.
According to locals, two Sikh families lived in the disputed building until 2017 and were forced to leave, India Today reported. It was learned that the endowment council had sued the structure in 2016.
Locals told India Today that the inn was converted into a mosque two years ago and a dome was built and painted green. It was also claimed that the symbols of Sikhism were removed from the temple. The Muslim community said that the mosque existed even before 1947 and has only been renovated now.
A heavy police force was deployed after the formation, after locals said people from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh were causing trouble in the area. Besides, both parties were required to provide the necessary documents to substantiate their claims.
In this regard, Rajpura Sub-district Magistrate Himanshu Gupta said, I have heard both sides. Sikhs and Hindus claim that the building was originally an inn, but the Muslim community claims that it was a mosque. Both parties were given two days to submit the required documents.