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His announcement in the State Assembly comes after many districts, including Dhar, Indore, Jhabua and Dewas, were rocked by clashes between police and Hindu activists. The situation had reached such a pass that police opened fire at several places and at least three persons were reported killed in the last two days.
While reacting to the Chief Minister's announcement about lifting of restrictions on entry into the Bhojshala, the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, Babulal Gaur, congratulated the Hindu Jagran Manch, the RSS and particularly the Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader, Pravin Togadia, for raising the Bhojshala issue. He said in the Assembly that the Chief Minister has been ``forced to bend'' on the Bhojshala issue.
The Chief Minister had earlier told the House that the Dhar district administration had recommended that Muslims be permitted to offer prayers at the Bhojshala, also known as the Kamal Maulana Masjid, every Friday between 1 p.m. and 1.30 p.m. while Hindus be allowed to participate in the traditional programmes organised on Basant Panchami Day every year. The district administration has also recommended that Hindus be allowed to enter the Bhojshala every Tuesday between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
However, this entry was supposed to be restricted as there would be a ban on carrying of ``havan'' and other ``puja'' items.
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