Babri demolition anniversary low-key in Ayodhya
While the Vishwa Hindu Parishad observed a subdued Shaurya Diwas, the Babri Masjid Action Committee sought to propagate a message of communal amity
The 19th anniversary of the demolition of 16th century Babri Mosque yesterday passed off on a low-key note in the temple town of Ayodhya.
Activists shout slogans demanding the construction of a Ram mandir
in place of the makeshift temple in Ayodhya
Even as Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) observed a low-key 'Shaurya Diwas' (valour day) reiterating their vow to build a grand Ram temple at the site of the makeshift temple in Ayodhya, the Babri Masjid Action Committee (BMAC) sought to propagate a message of communal amity.
Holding a 'condolence meet' to mourn the demolition of the Babri Mosque, BMAC convener Zafaryab Jilani told a small gathering in Faizabad, "I am convinced that the demolition act was committed by outsiders and local people of Ayodhya-Faizabad had no role in the condemnable act."
Jilani went on to emphasise that there can be no better example of communal harmony than this town, where Hindus and Muslims have been living amicably without any tension even after 1992.
On the contrary, while addressing their own gathering at the Karsewakpuram in Ayodhya, Ramjanmabhoomi Trust chief Mahant Nritya Gopal Das said, "We are committed to building a grand Ram temple in place of the makeshift temple."
According to Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Subesh Kumar Singh, "Directives were issued to enhance security in and around all major installations and important public places including markets, railways and bus stations."