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  • Unknown vandals damage Zafar Mahal
  • The vandals destroyed a jali (lattice) screen
  • Jali surrounds empty grave of Bahadur Shah Zafar

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Zafar Mahal targeted by vandals in Delhi, lattice screen destroyed

Vandals damaged Zafar Mahal, a 19th-century structure in Mehrauli, which was to host the grave of Bhadur Shah Zafar if he had not been set to exile by the British after the 1857 mutiny. 

Zafar Mahal targeted by vandals in Delhi, lattice screen destroyed

Zafar Mahal, a 19th-century structure in Mehrauli, was damaged by unknown vandals recently, the Archaeological Survey of India said. The vandals destroyed a jali (lattice) screen that was situated near the entrance to the premises.

The lattice screen that was damaged surrounds the empty grave of Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, who intended to be burried there before being exiled to Burma by the British.

The Indian Express reported that the monument's in-charge filed a complaint with local police. However, there are conflicting reports that suggest that the police claim not to have received any such complaint from the ASI.

As the social media users came across this news, they started outraging over it. Historian William Dalrymple, known for his work on Mughal history, criticised the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for negligence, calling the incident "appalling."

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