Protests and victory celebrations by pro-Muslim and pro-Hindutva groups marked the 20th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, here on Thursday. Members of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), led by the party’s State secretariat members Maruti Manpade and U. Bhupathy, staged a demonstration, demanding that all temples, churches, mosques and places of worship be protected. They wanted the Union government to enact a law to protect them.
Pro-Muslim organisations hoisted black flags on buildings in areas dominated by members of their community and took out a procession. They demanded the reconstruction of Babri Masjid. Members of pro-Islam organisations also staged a demonstration and submitted a memorandum to the district authorities. Meanwhile, members of the Hindu Jagaran Vedike and other pro-Hindutva organisations held a victory celebration and demanded that the government allow the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
‘Rebuild Babri Masjid’
Bidar Special Correspondent writes:
Several organisations have urged the Union government to reconstruct the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.
The All-India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen have said that the masjid was a historic monument.
There is no evidence to say that a temple was destroyed to build the mosque. Years of digging by archaeologists had not yielded any proof that there was a temple below the mosque or that the Babri Masjid was ever built on a demolished temple. The demolition of the Babri Masjid was an immoral act of some right-wing groups, said the secretary of the organisation’s district unit, M. Habeen Ur Rehman, in a memorandum addressed to President Pranab Mukherji.
Procession taken out
Yadgir Correspondent writes:
Different pro-Muslim organisations observed a black day here on Thursday, to observe the 20th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. Members of the pro-Muslim organisations took out a procession carrying black flags. They submitted a memorandum to the district authorities demanding the Masjid’s reconstruction. They said that the demolition of the Babri Masjid had injured the religious sentiments of Muslims.