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Muslims still await justice in Babri case

Wednesday 6 December 2006

But Hindus say Muslims have no reason to feel wronged

Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh): On the eve of the anniversary of the Babri Mosque demolition, Muslims said they were still waiting for justice, though the incident has gathered dust.

``We see it as an atrocity on us. We observe it as a day of mourning. We want that what is ours should be given to us. The court should pronounce its verdict as soon as possible,’’ said Haji Abdul Ahat, a Muslim, who witnessed the demolition of the mosque.

Hindu leaders, however, said Muslims had no reason to feel wronged.

``In the history of India, Hindus have never destroyed a mosque. There was no mosque here. It was just a makeshift structure. There were pillars of the golden temple of Lord Ram built by King Vikramaditya. There were remains of that temple. There was not even a single mark of a mosque. There were no minarets, no place where Muslims perform cleaning rites before prayer and no Islamic religious symbol. Hence, calling it a mosque is a big mistake. If a mosque was destroyed, then the Muslims should mourn. But one should keep in mind that there was no mosque, only a makeshift structure,’’ said Nritya Gopal Das, President of Ramjanmabhoomi Movement.

Ayodhya’s residents have condemned the political overtones attached to the issue, saying Hindus and Muslims should be left alone to arrive at an amicable resolution to the dispute.

``We believe that this can only be solved if there is an amicable attempt to reach a solution. The Government should show interest in this. If they sit together and discuss the issue, then hopefully a solution can be reached. The outsiders play political games,’’ said Sadiq Ali, a resident.

The anniversary still raises tensions between the two communities across the country, and often results in rioting. (ANI)

The Supreme Court, which is seized of the issue, has restrained any construction on the site till a lower court finally disposes off the dispute.

The demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, sparked off the worst Hindu-Muslim riots, claiming the lives of about 3,000 people.

See online : The Hindu

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