Shops in and around Melapalayam and at Kayalpatnam downed their shutters

Various Muslim outfits organised demonstrations in the district on Thursday to condemn the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on the same day in 1992 and vowed to rebuild the razed down place of worship.

In the demonstration organised in front of Tirunelveli Railway Junction, around 900 protestors of Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam, including 50 women participated and raised slogans against the demolition of the mosque and demanded its immediate reconstruction. They also said that those who were responsible for the “barbaric act” should be punished as per the law of the land.

Special invitee of the agitation and Ambur MLA Aslam Basha said the Supreme Court should deliver its verdict on the ownership of the disputed land on an early note and Justice Liberhan Commission Report on Babri Masjid demolition should be taken-up for discussion in the Parliament.

Culprits who destroyed the mosque on December 6, 1992 should be punished as per law.

“Moreover, the Union Government should adequately compensate the loss suffered by the Muslims in rioting and arson that followed the demolition of Babri Masjid,” Mr. Basha said.

Led by TMMK office-bearer Maideen Sait Khan, around 500 protestors staged a demonstration in front of the Taluk Office at Tenkasi and raised slogans against the inordinate delay in reconstructing the pulled down mosque.

Cadres of Indian Thowheedh Jamaath and Manithaney Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam staged demonstrations at Melapalayam separately.

All shops in and around Melapalayam had downed their shutters on Thursday in view of the anniversary.

When a group of Hindus Munnani cadres tried to organize ‘Victory Day’ celebrations at Nanguneri and attempted to agitate in demand of construction of Ram Temple at the disputed site, the police arrested 23 persons.

In Tirunelveli Junction, police detained 80 Hindu Munnani protestors, including seven women, when they tried to stage road roko. All of them were released in the evening.

Police had made elaborate security arrangements across the district in view of the Babri Masjid demolition anniversary by deploying adequate police force in important places and intensifying patrolling.

Tuticorin

In Tuticorin, the Muslims staged an agitation near the Telegram Office on WGC road here. Led by S. Azad, district president, Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK), they raised slogans demanding arrest of those responsible for demolishing the Babri Masjid. Many agitators wore black shirts to observe the anniversary. Azad in his speech said the Allahabad High Court’s verdict on the issue of demolition was an unsatisfactory outcome.

Further cases pertaining to the Babri Masjid should be settled at the earliest, he said. A. Mohanraj, district secretary, Communist Party of India, also spoke.

Muslims affiliated to Manithaneya Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam also staged a demonstration opposite the old corporation office buildings on the same road.

To mark the anniversary, more than 300 shops at Kayalpatnam remained closed on Thursday. Women also took part in the programme.

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