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Rae Bareilly: In a setback to L K Advani in the Babri Masjid demolition case, a senior IPS officer today told a special CBI court here that the BJP leader made provocative speech at Ayodhya on the day the structure was brought down 17 years ago.

Deposing as a prosecution witness in the case in which Advani and other Sangh Parivar leaders have been accused of inciting violence, 1990-batch officer Anju Gupta said Sangh activists like Vinay Katiyar, Uma Bharti and Sadhvi

Rithambhara also made provocative speeches. Advani and other BJP leaders had repeatedly said that a Ram temple will be built at the same spot where the 16th century mosque stood, Gupta, who was the personal security officer of Advani during that period, told the court.

After her deposition, Gupta was cross-examined by the defence. The court later adjourned the hearing in the case to April 23 when cross-examination of the IPS officer will resume.

Gupta told the court that Advani gave provocative speech at Ayodhya on the day Babri Masjid was demolished. She said Advani wanted to know from her what was happening at the disputed site. She told Advani that people were trying to climb the domes and some of them fell down and were hurt.

On hearing this, Advani expressed desire to go to the site and appeal to the people to come down from the domes, the IPS officer deposed. Gupta said after consultation with senior officials, the BJP leader was told that it was not desirable for him to go there as any mishap involving him may make the situation go out of control.

Advani then sent Bharti there but she came back after some time, Gupta said. She also said that she saw people carrying tools like shovels and rods. While addressing a gathering Joshi said irrespective of what then Prime Minister P V Narsimha Rao says, the temple will be built there itself. "Let the mosque be built anywhere," he said, according to Gupta.

Gupta also told the court that after the domes of the mosque were brought down, Bharti and Rithambara hugged each other and distributed sweets. They also congratulated Advani and BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, she said.

Gupta, who is currently posted with R&AW in Delhi, had earlier deposed before the CBI, which probed the demolition of the 16th century mosque.

She had made a detailed statement on the movement and activities of various Sangh leaders, including Advani, during the incident of December 6, 1992. It formed a key part of the criminal case the CBI filed against Advani, Joshi, Bharti, Katiyar, Ashok Singhal, Giriraj Kishore, Vishnu Hari Dalmiya and Rithambhara in 1993.







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