- Bajrang Dal activists booked for march to mark 25 years of the demolition
Bajrang Dal activists booked for march to mark 25 years of the demolition
Bajrang Dal and the VHP celebrated the day as ‘Shaurya Diwas’ (Day of Valour), some Muslim
outfits observed ‘Yaum e Gham’ (Day of sorrow)
PTI, AYODHYA/NEW DELHI: Despite of prohibitory orders, scores of Bajrang Dal activists took out a march on bikes and cars in Ayodhya to mark the 25 years of the demolition of the Babri Masjid following which a case was registered against around 50 unknown persons. The Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad celebrated the day as ‘Shaurya Diwas’ (Day of Valour) while some Muslim outfits observed ‘Yaum e Gham’ (Day of sorrow).
The administration had made heavy security arrangements in the twin towns of Ayodhya and Faizabad while special measures had been taken across the state to ensure the day passes off peacefully.
In Ayodhya, prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC were imposed. However, Bajrang Dal took out a march following which a case was registered at the Ayodhya Kotwali police station under sections pertaining to breach of peace and communal harmony and disturbing law and order. During the march Bajrang Dal activists waved saffron flags and raising slogans, an official said. There was some tension when the procession passed through some of the streets.
Muslim outfits that observed ‘Yaum E Gham; in Tehri Bazaar area demanded action against Bajrang Dal activists.
Talking to PTI, Haji Mahboob, the local convenor of Babri Masjid Action Committee, said, “ we have demanded action against those trying to pollute the harmonious atmosphere of Ayodhya” Faizabad SSP Subhash Singh Baghel said that a group of some youngsters was going to take part in a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) programme. On getting information we interrupted them and stopped there procession, he added. District Magistrate Anil Kumar Pathak said he had ordered the registration of a case against those who broke the prohibitory orders and also ordered an enquiry.
Chairman of Sriram Janmbhoomi Nyas, Mahant Nritya Gopaldas, meanwhile, said that a temple has already been made in Ayodhya and only giving it a grand structure was required. Speaking at “Shaurya Sankalp Sabha” organised at the Karsewak Puram in Ayodhya, the Mahant claimed that the atmosphere was conducive for construction of a Ram temple and hoped that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will find a way on the basis of available evidences and the faith of crores of Ram devotees.
Stressing that he respects the court, Gopaldas said that the court too should factor in the demand of crores of Hindus. The VHP held functions in different parts of Uttar Pradesh also. All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) executive member Maulana Khalid Rashid Farangimahli submitted a memorandum to Lucknow District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma, which was addressed to the prime minister.
Recalling the incident when the structure was pulled down by “anti-socials and communally surcharged people” 25 years ago, the memorandum regretted that those responsible for it were still moving around freely, Farangimahli said. It has also been stated that the CBI should be directed for prompt disposal of all the cases regarding the demolition and ensure proper punishment to all those involved, he said. He said that a demand for lodging of cases against those held responsible for the demolition in the Liberhan Commission report has also been sought through the memorandum.
Meanwhile, in Delhi, the Jawaharlal Nehru University said it had cancelled talks by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy and CPI(M)’s Prakash Karat on the Ayodhya issue to “maintain communal harmony and peace” on campus.
The two leaders were to address students separately in two hostels around the same time tonight.