The Archaeological Survey of India, a central government agency attached to the Union Ministry of Culture, has stated that there was no evidence of mosques built on Hindu religious sites during previous centuries in Hyderabad.
The statement was released after social activist Robin Zaccheus filed a Right to Information or RTA petition and asked ‘if ASI had any historical evidence pertaining to ancient mosques in India built on Hindu religious sites.’ He also enquired about details of all such ancient mosques in Telangana in which Hindu religious temples existed.
The ASI replied, ‘none of the monuments/ sites under the jurisdiction of the Archaeological Survey of India, Hyderabad circle in Telangana state have any evidence of ancient mosques built on Hindu religious sites.’The reply was tweeted by the RTI activist in an indirect reply to BJP state president Bandi Sanjay Kumar’s recent alleged challenge to dig up mosques in Hyderabad to see if there were Shiva Lingas beneath, hinting that there was no need for such comments or dig-ups.
The activist also tagged AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, saying there was no mosque under the PM’s residence in Delhi either. He also tweeted, “Let peace & communal harmony prevail in India & our wonderful city #Hyderabad.”