Babri Masjid demolition anniversary peaceful
The 20th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition passed off peacefully on a sombre note in the twin towns of Ayodhya and Faizabad and the surrounding areas amidst tight security arrangements on Thursday.
While shops and business establishments owned by Muslims remained partially closed and main markets wore a deserted look it being a weekly off day in Faizabad, black flags were seen at some of the mosques. Crowds came out in the areas where weekly local markets are organised in view of the ongoing marriage season.
Official sources said that life remained normal with both the communities observing the day in their own ways separately, although security forces remained on high alert at all the sensitive points in the twin town.
While Muslim organisations observe the day as "black day" , Hindu outfits observe it as "shaurya diwas". Hindu groups led by VHP organised recital of 'Hanuman Chalisa" at the Kar Sewakpuram in the morning to reiterate their resolve for the construction of Ram Temple at the disputed site.
Petitioner in the Babri Masjid demolition case, Hashim Ansari said that there was no animosity between the two communities. "Politics is still being played in the name of Babri mosque case but the communities and the people want peace," Ansari said, adding that he had full faith in the judicial process and the matter now rests in the hands of the court.
In Lucknow, several Muslim organisations held a protest demonstration before the Vidhan Sabha demanding rebuilding of the mosque and punishment to those guilty of demolition.
The 16th century Babri Mosque was demolished by Hindu fundamentalists on this day in 1992.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Thursday directed a Rae Bareily court to expeditiously hear Babri Masjid demolition case against senior BJPleader LK Advani and 19 others against whom charge of criminal conspiracy was dropped by the trial court.
Expressing deep anguish over non-appearance of the counsel for CBI, which has moved the apex court against dropping of conspiracy charges against the top politicians in the apex court, a bench of justicesHL Dattu and CK Prasad directed the trial court to hear the case expeditiously. The bench, meanwhile, allowed the CBI to remove the name of Bal Thackeray from the list of accused persons as he died recently.
Besides, BJP leader Advani others against whom the CBI wants the charges of criminal conspiracy under Section 120B IPC restored are — Kalyan Singh,Uma Bharti, Satish Pradhan, CR Bansal, MM Joshi, Vinay Katiyar, AshokSinghal, Giriraj Kishore, Sadhvi Ritambhara, VH Dalmia, MahantAvaidhynath, RV Vedanti, Param Hans Ram Chandra Das, Jagdish MuniMaharaj, BL Sharma, Nritya Gopal Das, Dharam Das, Satish Nagar andMoreshwar Save.
The Babri issue today rocked the Lok Sabha with some members demanding action on the report of Liberhan Commission which probed its demolition 20 years ago. As the Lok Sabha convened, Shafiqur Rahman Barq (BSP) waved black flag in the House and rued that those guilty of demolition were still not brought to justice. Reacting angrily, speaker Meira Kumar told Barq that he was insulting the House by waving black flag and directed him to keep it aside.
Soon, Barq, Asaduddin Owaisi (MIM) and a few other members trooped to the Well demanding action against perpetrators of the demolition of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya. Members continued with their protests even as a Pakistani Parliamentary delegation, on a visit here, was seated in the special box. BJP members trooped into the Well demanding that Barq be suspended for waving black flag in the House.
- Asian Tribune -