To observe 20th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition
: Members of the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK) on Thursday observed the 20th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition as ‘black day’, staging a demonstration here.
The leaders, who addressed the protesters, said after the demolition of the masjid, the then Congress government at the centre had promised to rebuild the mosque in 100 days, but it didn’t . More than 7,300 days have passed since the demolition of the Masjid in 1992, they pointed out.
Decrying the Allahabad high court’s verdict on the issue, they demanded that the Supreme Court gave its verdict without any further delay and wanted the Liberhan committee report to be discussed in the Parliament. Justice M S Liberhan had submitted the report after probing the demolition of Babri Masjid in November 2009, the leaders pointed out.
They also wanted the Government to expedite the proceedings against whom criminal cases have been registered in connection with the demolition and punish the guilty.
The leaders urged the government to award compensation to those killed and injured and those who had lost their houses and shops in Ayodhya, when the masjid was demolished.
M. Sathick Batcha, district president, TMMK, said the party had sent a memorandum to the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Lok Sabha Speaker and Supreme Court Chief Justice, pressing the demands.
As prohibitory orders under section 144 of Cr. P. C. has been declared in Ramanathapuram municipality area, the district police granted permission to the TMMK to hold the demonstration, outside the town area at Kenikarai and made elaborate security arrangements.
Superintendent of Police N.M. Mylvahanan said 350 police personnel, including those from the Rapid Action Force and Armed Reserve Police, were deployed.
The demonstration passed off without any untoward incident, he said.
The RAF, which was at the disposal of the District police and stationed in Paramakudi, was deployed as a precautionary measure, he said.
About 600 people, including 15 women, took part in the demonstration and later dispersed peacefully, the Superintendent of Police said.
The Babri Masjid demolition anniversary on Thursday passed off peacefully in the district without any untoward incident.
The police arrested a few persons belonging to two groups when they tried to stage a demonstration without police permission.
Over 300 members, including women, of the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam staged a demonstration in Sivakasi. They demanded that the case pertaining to the demolition of the masjid should be expedited and those behind it punished.
The protest was led by the district president, Mohammed Ibrahim, the police said.
A handful number of Hindu Munnani activists was arrested in Srivilliputtur and Virudhunagar when they tried to stage demonstrations demanding to hand over the disputed site of Babri Masjid to the Hindus.
A few cadres of India Thowheed Jamat, led by the district president Kanmani Kader, were arrested when they tried to stage a protest in Rajapalayam.