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