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Green tribunal’s order to clean engraved rocks irks Buddhists

Buddhists of Rewalsar are up in arms against the National Green Tribunal order to prevent the defacement of rocks in Mandi. They have appealed to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to intervene into the matter so that the orders of the tribunal could be amended.

They alleged that the way employees of the nagar panchayat cleaned engraved rocks bearing mantras had hurt their religious sentiments.

Acting on the order of the tribunal, which was passed during its circuit in Shimla, officials of the Nagar Panchayat cleaned the engraved rock, bearing some mantras (painted and carved), situated in the heart of Rewalsar town on Thursday.

Some Buddhists objected to it at which the officials demanded police protection so that work has been done under the supervision of the police.

Rewalsar Nagar Panchayat Junior Engineer Ajay Sharma said two persons had been deputed since Thursday to remove paint and stains from rocks with the help of a blower lamp and a paint remover.

He said the work was being carried out under the supervision of the police to avoid any untoward incident.

Sundernagar DFO Ajeet Thakur said the staff was deputed as per the order of the tribunal and soon the staff of the Forest Department would start its work in the forest area.

He said that officials of the Nagar Panchayat have been working on the other government lands.

Earlier, a deputation of the Buddhists met officials of the district administration, but the officials declined to intervene into the matter.

The Tribune (30-10-2013) Himachal Plus