The Indian Herald

The Indian Herald

December 8, 2011

Babri Masjid demolition anniversary passes off peacefully: Muslim groups observe 'Black Day', demonstrations low key among both communities

Protesters seek justice, urge Centre to build Babri mosque
The nineteenth anniversary of the demolition of the historic Babri Masjid passed off peacefully in India though it was marked by rallies, protests and demands to rebuild the mosques.

The security agencies and citizens heaved a sigh of relief as there was no report of any violence or showdown from across the country. This year, Ashura, the tenth of Muharram, coincided with anniversary of the mosque's demolition and thus police were extra alert.

The protests on December appeared subdued this year. Muslim organisations observe December 6 as Black Day. Hindu groups which celebrate the day as 'Shaurya Diwas' also seemed less enthusiastic this year and no showdown was reported from anywhere in the country.

At Karsewakpuram in Ayodhya, a section of saints and religious leaders affiliated with VHP vowed to build a grand Ram temple at the disputed site. Two VHP activists raising slogans and marching towards the structure (makeshift temple) were arrested. But there were no major events elsewhere.

Muslims organised peaeful protests and demonstrations in Hyderabad, Chennai and some cities of Uttar Pradesh. In Hyderabad, large parts of the city remained shut due to the 'bandh' call. The shutdown is an annual ritual now in the city.

In Tamil Nadu, organisations including Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam and several other groups organised protests and marches in Chennai, urging the centre to rebuild the 16th century mosque that was demolished by 'Kar Sewaks' in Ayodhya in 1992.

In Hyderabad, women took out a rally to demand justice and expressed anguish over failure to rebuilt the mosque, which was promised soon after demolition by then then Prime Minister PV Narsimharao. In Delhi, Lucknow and Mumbai also demonstrations were held.

In Western UP, particularly, Saharanpur, Muslims kept shops shut and wore black bands to protest the razing of the mosque. Effigy of LK Advani was also burnt at places. RJD leader Ramkripal Yadav took out a protest march in Bihar's capital Patna.

CPI (ML), Muslim Majlis, NCP, Indian National League (INL), Majlis-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (MIM), Tauhid Jamath and numerous other organisations held protests in different parts of the country. But there was no untoward incident.

TIH Bureau

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