Za­far’s ‘heir’ apol­o­gises for tem­ple de­struc­tion

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION -

Self-pro­claimed de­scen­dant of Mughal em­peror Ba­hadur Shah Za­far, Yakub Habee­bud­din Tucy, in a let­ter to Hindu Ma­hasabha on Sun­day, apol­o­gised to the Hindu com­mu­nity for “the de­struc­tion of the Ram tem­ple in Ay­o­d­hya in 1528 by the com­man­der of his an­ces­tors’ army”. Tucy in his let­ter claimed that it was his an­ces­tor Babar’s com­man­der Mir Baqi who de­stroyed the Ram tem­ple in Ay­o­d­hya in the16th cen­tury. “I am the sixth gen­er­a­tion de­scen­dant of Babar and by that po­si­tion I apol­o­gise from the bot­tom of my heart to the en­tire Hindu com­mu­nity and to all Ram devo­tees for the de­struc­tion. I say this in all my con­scious­ness and will stand by the con­struc­tion of Ram tem­ple in Ay­o­d­hya by all means pos­si­ble,” wrote Tucy. diqui, Pappu Bhai, Kayyuam Ahmed, Naushad, Zahid Ahmed and Mak­sood Ahmed. “No Hindu fam­ily lives here but if we let any­one dam­age their place of wor­ship, they will lose con­fi­dence in us. We do not want that to hap­pen which is why we look af­ter the shrine,” said Sid­diqui.

TOI had ear­lier re­ported how a 59-year-old Hindu mason in Muzaf­far­na­gar’s Nan­heda vil­lage has been tak­ing care of a 120-year-old mosque there. The vil­lage, lo­cated around 40km from the district head­quar­ters, does not have a sin­gle Mus­lim fam­ily.

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