Ay­o­d­hya a fortress on Babri an­niv

Mail Today - - NEWS - By Anand Pa­tel in Ay­o­d­hya

ON the 26th an­niver­sary of the de­mo­li­tion of Babri Masjid on Thurs­day, Ay­o­d­hya turned into a city un­der seize.

While the VHP and Ba­jrang Dal burst crack­ers and re­solved to build a grand Ram tem­ple in Ay­o­d­hya, Mus­lim out­fits held protests to ex­press grief over the in­ci­dent.

VHP cel­e­brated the day as ‘Shau­rya Di­was’ or the ‘day of courage’ at its Ay­o­d­hya head­quar­ters in Karse­wakpu­ram.

Ma­hant Suresh Das of Digam­bar Akhara said Ram tem­ple is the big­gest is­sue in front of the coun­try. “There are three courts lower courts, high court and Supreme Court - but the peo­ple’s court is above these three courts. We must go to the peo­ples’ court, and con­vince the pub­lic for con­struc­tion of Ram tem­ple,” he said. The VHP held a grand “par­lia­ment of saints” on Novem­ber 25 in Ay­o­d­hya and is now pre­par­ing for a sim­i­lar func­tion in Delhi on Dec 9. A

Many shops in lane lead­ing to the Hanu­man Garhi Tem­ple and to the dis­puted site re­mained shut

We are proud of what hap­pened 26 years ago. Kar­se­vaks re­mained de­fi­ant and de­mol­ished the mosque.

I have set­tled in Ay­o­d­hya be­cause a grand Ram tem­ple has to be con­structed.

It was pre-planned and we were given train­ing to de­mol­ish the mosque.

By Ab­hishek and Ne­lan­shu Shukla, In­dia To­day TV

2,500-strong force, com­pris­ing of state po­lice and cen­tral para­mil­i­tary forces, was de­ployed in the city.

The heavy po­lice pres­ence and bar­ri­cad­ing took a toll on the nor­mal life and daily busi­ness. A num­ber of shops in lane lead­ing to the Hanu­man Garhi Tem­ple and to the dis­puted site fur­ther re­mained shut.

About a hun­dred Mus­lims gath­ered at the res­i­dence of Haji Me­hboob, a pe­ti­tioner in the Ay­o­d­hya ti­tle suit to ob­serve the as ‘Youm-eGham’ or “day of mourn­ing” un­der tight vigil of cops spread all around the venue. Haji Me­hboob told In­dia To­day TV, “We want day to day hear­ing of the case so that the dis­pute can be re­solved soon.

Res­i­dents of Ay­o­d­hya, whether Hindu or Mus­lim want this mat­ter to set­tle. Some out­fits are try­ing to fan com­mu­nal ten­sion be­cause polls are ap­proach­ing. We have faith in ModiYogi gov­ern­ment that they will not al­low vi­o­lence like what hap­pened dur­ing Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav’s rule.

In Ut­tar Pradesh, Deputy Chief Minister Ke­shav Prasad Mau­rya said, “The BJP is in favour of the Ram tem­ple’s con­struc­tion ei­ther by a judg­ment of the Supreme Court or through mu­tual agree­ment. If both op­tions are ex­hausted, then the leg­isla­tive route must be ex­plored”.

Union minister Upen­dra Kush­waha said, “Govts or po­lit­i­cal par­ties should not build tem­ples, but un­der­take projects like schools or hospi­tals.” In­dia To­day TV/ With

PTI in­puts

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Peo­ple at a march or­gan­ised by the United Hindu Front to mark the 26th an­niver­sary of Babri mosque de­mo­li­tion in Ay­o­d­hya.

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