Members of Hindu Army, a Sangh outfit were arrested after they had given a call for "Krishna Janmabhoomi movement" and had put up posters calling for takeover of the Shahi Idgah mosque adjacent to the Krishna temple in Mathura.

Police arrested 22 men of the outfit who had



assembled at the spot on Sunday evening without the permission of local authorities.

The VHP & BJP had in the mid-1980s called to “reclaim” the purported birthplaces of Ram and Krishna in Ayodhya and Mathura, and the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi, by demolishing the



Babri Masjid, Shahi Idgah & the Gyanvapi Mosque that shared the premises.

But the Mathura & Kashi demands were put on the back burner during the Ram temple campaign, but now they have gained momentum since the Supreme Court handed the Ayodhya land to Hindus last November.



While the BJP’s top leadership has taken care to play down the possibility of temple movements in Mathura and Varanasi, the party’s motormouths have aggressively endorsed both issues.

Interestingly, under a mutual settlement overseen by local court and district authorities


Muslims had handed over half of the land of the Shahi Idgah Mosque to Hindus via a trust headed by Hari Dalmia, VHP head in 1962, while the dilapidated mosque now stands at an unapproachable place.

Now the Hindutva organisations are demanding even the remaining half.