Gyanvapi Updates: Survey continues in Gyanvapi amid tight vigil, videography in two cellars, monitoring by DGP and Chief Secretary


Survey proceedings are going on in the presence of all the parties on the orders of the court to bring out the truth of Varanasi’s Gyanvapi complex. Special cameras and lights have been arranged for videography of the entire complex. There is tremendous security around the Gyanvapi campus. The survey started from the basement. The survey team opened the lock of a basement in Gyanvapi Masjid. The lock was broken and videographed as the key to the second cellar was not found till 10 pm. It is not yet known what was found in the basement. During the ongoing survey in the presence of Advocate Commissioner, the entire team is closely monitoring each and every thing.


The DGP and the Chief Secretary are monitoring the entire matter. Survey work will be done till 12 noon. Strict legal action will be taken by registering FIR against those obstructing the proceedings of the commission. An alert has been issued in Varanasi commissionerate regarding Gyanvapi survey. Social media is being monitored.

All the shops around the temple are closed. The road leading to Gyanvapi from Madagin and Godaulia has been closed for the general public. Baba’s devotees are being given entry into the temple from gate number one. Kashi Vishwanath Dham area is transformed into a cantonment.

56 people present during commissioning

The survey includes plaintiff-respondent parties, advocates for both sides, Advocate Commissioner and his team, DGC Civil and his team, Vishwanath Mandir team and police-administrative officers’ team (total 56). Everyone’s mobile has been deposited outside. 14 more people are reserved outside, they will be called under any circumstances on the orders of the Advocate Commissioner.

Media kept away from Gyanvapi campus

The court has entrusted the responsibility of conducting the survey to Advocate Commissioner Ajay Mishra. He is accompanied by Special Court Commissioner Vishal Singh and Assistant Court Commissioner Ajay Pratap Singh. The media has been stopped at the Gyanvapi complex and about a kilometer away from the main gate. The videography survey of Gyanvapi Masjid started at 8 am and will continue till 12 noon.

Read: Gyanvapi Complex: Locks of closed rooms will open after 29 years, 4 months and 10 days

Report to be presented in court on May 17

Police force deployed outside Gyanvapi campus
– Photo : Amar Ujala

Let us tell you that while hearing this matter, the court has ordered a fresh survey. The report of the matter is to be presented in the court on May 17. The survey proceedings, starting from Saturday, will continue from 8 am to 12 noon every day till May 16.

Earlier, the survey proceedings had started on May 6, which came to a halt on May 7 due to the uproar. On May 7 itself, the Anjuman Inazaniya Masajid Committee had submitted an application in the court demanding the replacement of Advocate Commissioner (Court Commissioner). The court rejected this demand on Thursday.

Force on every corner, surveillance from rooftops too

Gyanvapi road from Bansphatak completely transformed into a cantonment
Gyanvapi road from Bansphatak completely transformed into a cantonment
– Photo : Amar Ujala
A large number of PAC and CAPF personnel have been deployed inside and outside the Shrikashi Vishwanath Temple Gate No. Apart from the policemen posted earlier, additional forces have also been deployed around the Gyanvapi Mosque. At the same time, the police are doing rounds in the streets and sensitive areas also imposed along the main road. Police are also deployed on the roofs of the house.