The Popular Front of India or the PFI has submitted an appeal and expressed a concern to the
government authorities. The PFI has raised concerns over the route of the Hindu Jagarane
Vedike’s upcoming ‘Sankeerthana Yatra’ event in Mandya. The procession route passes through
the Jamia Masjid in Srirangapatna. The PFI has raised apprehensions about the various
provocative posters that have been put up by right-wing organizations.
The posters have been circulating on social media websites. These posters claim that before the
Masjid existed, there was a Hanuman temple. The Popular Front Mandya district committee and
the Popular Front Mysore District Committee had both submitted appeals to the District
Superintendent and MLA (member of the legislative assembly) Tanveer Sait respectively. The
appeals said that the Sangh Pariwar has been constantly engaging in creating controversies
around the Jamia Masjid in Srirangapatna. The appeal further says that the Sangh Pariwar is
engineering a communal riot so that they get a reason to demolish the mosque.
Furthermore, the appeal says that there is a distorted image of the Masjid that should be withheld
from the public. The image should be withheld from being circulated and strong action must be
taken against the evil forces for orchestrating this conspiracy. The appeal further entails that the
hate speech propagated by the Sangh Pariwar must be immediately banned and the historical
Masjid should be provided with police protection. In addition to police protection, CCTV
cameras should be installed on the premises of the mosque.
The letters addressed to the Deputy Commissioner, District Magistrate, and Inspector General of
Police, PFI Mandya, and PFI Mysore have asked the authorities to take the relevant actions to
prevent the circulation of the morphed images of the Jamia Masjid in Srirangapatna. The letters
further, say that FIRs should be filed against responsible people and organizations that are
circulating such images.
Srirangapatna houses several historic monuments and the archaeological department has installed
several CCTV in the vicinity of the sites. However, the Jamia Masjid also known as Masjid-i-Ala
does not have any CCTV cover nor is the archaeological department permitting to install them, a
The Hindu Jagaran Vedike had organized the Sankeerthana Yatra in 2019. The devotees of
Hanuman Maala carryout this 8 day Yatra. The devotees call themselves the
Maaladharis. Additionally, the concluding part of the Yatra is said to pass via the Jamia Masjid.
Observers have said that in 2019, due to the efficient police deployment, the crowd was
controlled. Even those who tried to break the barrier were controlled and were not let in the
premises. In the following year, i.e. in 2020, the Yatra was organized in a low-key manner due to
However, on 5th January 2021, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Mandya District VicePresident and a former Additional Superintendent of Police of Balaramegowda had announced that the Moodalabagila Anjaneyaswamy temple will be reconstructed in December 2021.
A source has stated that in the past, only 4 villages used to participate in the Yatra, however, this
year 8 villages are participating. Following this, the SP of the concerned districts has been put on
alert to maintain law and order.
Written by a Ghost Writer*
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