In a charged atmosphere in the wake of the Liberhan Commission's
findings on the demolition of Babri Masjid, the
17th anniversary of the tragic incident was observed peacefully amid
tight security in Ayodhya and other places in the country.
Muslim NGOs and secular parties organised dharnas and protest
rallies to demand action against the culprits indicted by Justice (Rtd.)
Liberhan in his report, people having allegiance to the Saffron
alliance celebrated the day as a day of victory.
Protests and Celebrations in National
The 17th anniversary of the Babri mosque demolition
saw both protests as well as celebratory marches by different groups
in the capital Sunday.
Staging a protest at the Jantar Mantar near the
central business hub of Delhi, members of the All India Babri Masjid
Rebuilding Committee (AIBMRC) demanded that the mosque be rebuilt on
the disputed site of Ayodhya.
They also submitted a memorandum to President
Pratibha Patil to put behind bars those named by the Liberhan
On the other hand, celebrating the anniversary of the
demolition, members of the little known Rashtrawadi Sena organised a
"Vijay Divas" (victory day) march in east Delhi.
Said Bharat Lal Sharma, secretary of the group: "Our
party chief Jai Bhagwan Goyal said this was a historic day which
should be celebrated with pomp and show. He also added that since
this year his name was mentioned in the Liberhan Commission report,
it was an even bigger reason to celebrate."
was one of the 68 people mentioned in the report of the Liberhan
Commission, which probed the 1992 Babri mosque demolition, as
culpable for "leading the country to the brink of communal discord."
The report, which was tabled in parliament Nov 24,
has indicted members of the Sangh Parivar for demolition of the 16th
century mosque in Ayodhya. The vandalism and destruction had led to
communal riots across the country.
a group of artists also held a discussion with journalists and
photographers who were witnesses in the demolition along with
historians to give their perspective Sunday. A photo exhibition "Hum
Sab Ayodhya" was also organised.
'Punish the culprits and Rebuild the
All India Babri
Masjid Re-building Committee (AIBMRC) took out a demonstration
demanding rebuilding of the mosque at its original site in Ayodhya.
AIBMRC President Mohammad Younus Siddiqui, in a memorandum to the
President of India, urged her to refer “all the Babri Masjid-Ram
Temple disputes to Supreme Court under Article 138-B of the
constitution for a final, binding and time-bound decision. Siddiqui
also urged her to direct the Central Government to arrest all the
culprits responsible for the demolition of Babri Masjid.”
Talking to media,
Siddiqui demanded reconstruction of the mosque at the same place
where it was and punishment to the Sangh, BJP leaders indicted in
the Liberhan Commission Report.
Commission recently submitted the report which has also been
tabled in the Parliament. “But there is no indication from the part
of Government to penalize the criminals. But anybody who respects
the rule of law and reign of justice could not forget Babri Masjid.
The least act of justice the state can do is to bring the culprits
to book,” PFI said.
Asked about the
major demand of Secular Democratic Party of India (SDPI) on this 6th
December, SDPI General Secretary A Sayeed, who was also attending
the PFI dharna said: "We have a minimum demand to rebuild the mosque
at the exact place where it was, and to punish whosoever held
responsible for the demolition of the mosque.”
Shaheen, secretary, Campus Front of India, while attending the
dharna reiterated the same demand. Shaheen was just two when the
mosque was demolished. He heard about the demolition in his
procession wherein the coffin of Secular India was being carried by
the ghosts of RSS/BJP, Congress, Judiciary and Bureaucracy was taken
out by drama group Nishant.
When the day got a
little colder senior Muslim leaders including Syed Shahabuddin, Dr
Zafrul Islam Khan, Dr Manzoor Alam, Shafi Munis and Ejaz Aslam sat
down at the headquarters of All India Muslim Majlise Mushawarat to
discuss the issue.
gathering Syed Shahabuddin, Convenor Babri Masjid Coordination
Committee, demanded ban on political parties that use religion to
disturb communal harmony in the country. He stressed on making the
Babri issue a political issue to put pressure on political parties
and government for action against the Babri culprits.
Under categorical directions from the Union Home
Ministry, Uttar Pradesh and other state governments beefed up
security and Ayodhya-Faizabad area was converted into a virtual
fortress. Ayodhya-Faizabad is the place where the 16th century
mosque Babri Masjid was demolished on December 6, 1992.
While the VHP observed the day as "Shourya Diwas (valour
day)", Samajwadi Party marked it as "Kala Diwas (black day)".
All India Babri
Masjid Action Committee has decided to organise special
peace and harmony.
In Ayodhya, besides central forces, 500 personnel of
PAC, 200 jawans of Rapid Action Force, three bomb detecting squads
and anti-sabotage teams have been deployed, officials said.
'Peace prevailed in Hyderabad'
The anniversary of
the Babri Masjid demolition passed off peacefully here amid tight
security, police said Sunday.
Police had sounded
an alert here in view of the shutdown call given by some Muslim
groups and the intelligence reports that three terror suspects on
the run could launch attacks.
Police foiled an
attempt by Darasgah Jihad-o-Shadat (DJS) to take out a rally. DJS
president Sheikh Mahboob Ali and some of his followers were arrested
at DJS office in the old city when they tried to take out a rally
demanding re-construction of the demolished mosque at the same site.
flags and flames in their hands, the protestors raised slogans
against the right-wing Hindu outfits. Police said the protestors
were arrested as orders banning assembly of five or more persons
were imposed in the city.
Black flags were
hoisted atop several buildings and at cross-roads in the
Muslim-majority old city as shops and business establishments
remained closed in response to the call given by Majlis-e-Ittehadul
Muslimeen (MIM), Majlis Bachao Tehreek (MBT) and some other groups.
These groups observed the day as 'Black Day'.
Police has made
tight security arrangements in view of the shutdown call, which also
coincided with the 48-hour shutdown called by Telangana Rashtra
Samiti (TRS) demanding separate state of Telangana.
MIM held a meeting
in the city Saturday night demanding reconstruction of the
demolished mosque. MIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi
demanded that the government take action against 68 persons named in
the Liberhan Commission report for demolition of the mosque.