ANDHRA PRADESH

MBT to observe Dec. 6 as `black day'

HYDERABAD Dec. 4. The Majlis Bachau Tehreek (MBT) has called upon Muslims to observe the 10th anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid on December 6 as `Black Day' and `A.P Bandh'. If Id-ul-Fitr happens to be on the same day then Muslims should wear black badges, the party said.

While celebrating Idd they should also remember the pain of the demolition, the MBT acting president, Mohd Adam Malik, said on Wednesday.

In a press release, he urged the Muslim community to express solidarity with the movement for reconstruction of Babri Masjid on the same spot by sporting black armbands while offering `namaz-e-Idd'. He appealed to the Imams of various mosques and Idgahs to offer special prayers for reconstruction of the Babri Masjid. Mr. Malik hoped the Hindu brethren would voluntarily keep their shops closed on December 6 and share the pain with the Muslim community.

The MBT urged the President of India to uphold law and see that the people responsible for demolition of the mosque were brought to book. It warned the NDA not to fall prey to the pressures of the Sangh Parivar and the BJP by entering into temporary political compromises. The MBT also asked the TDP not to join hands with the `reactionary' BJP.

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