G. Rajashekhar, writer and President of district unit of Karnataka Komu Sauharda Vedike (KKSV) said on Thursday that the demolition of the Babri mosque by the “karsevaks” of Sangh Parivar in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, was a blot on the secular ethos of the country.
He was speaking at protest meeting organised by the district unit of the Popular Front of India at the Clock Tower here demanding the immediate arrest of the accused involved in the demolition and rebuilding the Babri mosque in the same place.
Mr. Rajashekhar said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani, Vishwesha Tirtha Swamiji of Pejawar Math and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Praveen Togadia had shared the same dais and watched the demolition of the Babri mosque. Nearly two lakh persons had gathered in Ayodhya on that day.
As many as 134 houses of Muslims, 23 mosques, and two idgahs were destroyed in the riots that followed the destruction of the Babri mosque. As many as 13 Muslims were burnt alive. But the Hindutva leader Sadhvi Rithambara placed the blame squarely on Muslims for the destruction and loss of human lives.
Jayan Malpe, Dalit Sangharsha Samiti (DSS) leader, said that enlightened citizens should expose the fascist policies of the Sangh Parivar.
Abdurrehman Malpe, leader of Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), Sadik Udupi, President of district unit of PFI, and Nisar Brahmavar, PFI leader, were present.
Mr. Rajashekar said Mr. Advani and the Pejawar Math swamiji should be punished for their role in the demolition of the Babri mosque.
Mr. Rajashekar was speaking at a seminar on the “Thoughts of B.R. Ambedkar” organised by the Udupi district units of Karnataka Komu Sauharda Vedike and Karnataka Dalit Sangharsha Samiti to mark the Ambedkar Parinirvana Dina here. A booklet Babri Masidi Dhwamsa written by G. Rajashekhar was released by social activist William Martis on the occasion.