ASI receives keys from local Muslims who had damage the inscription containing a date referring to the death of Buddha

    30-Nov-2022   
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Local Muslims handed over the keys to the officials of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) after the intervention of the Rohtas District Collector in Bihar.
 
Archaeological Survey of India  
 
On its social media profile, ASI wrote, "Emperor Asokan's Minor Rock Edict at Sasaram in Rohtas, Bihar was encroached for long. The key of the site, which is a protected monument, was handed over to officials of @ASIGoI after intervention of district authorities."
 
 
 
 
ASI further wrote, "Asoka inscription of Sahasaram (232 or 231 BCE) consists of eight lines in archaic Brahmi characters. A portion of the inscription is damaged. The inscriptions, probably contains a date referring to the death of Buddha; but no convincing interpretation of it has yet been found."
 
 
 
 
It has been observed that many local Muslims are encroaching on the government land of the respective States and constructing Islamic structures. It has been alleged that the Muslims want to claim the Government land under Waqf Act. Assam and Uttar Pradesh Governments have run a drive to remove the encroachment on its land. Several illegal religious structures like dargahs and mosques have been removed. Earlier in November 2022, Maharashtra Government removed an illegal structure around Afzal Khan's tomb at Pratapgadh fort located in the Satara District.