22 February 2018

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10/18/2013 INDIA

1200 Hindu extremists arrested over plans for illegal demonstration in Ayodhya

The police deployed 2 thousand agents in the area where the Babri Masjid ( mosque of Babar ) once stood, whose destruction 21 years ago sparked bloody clashes between Hindus and Muslims across India . The extremist group Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP ) today convoked an unauthorized demonstration to demand the reconstruction of the temple of Ram.

Lucknow ( AsiaNews / Agencies) - More than 1,200 Hindu extremists have been arrested in Uttar Pradesh to prevent the holding of Sankalp Diwas , the demonstration called by the ultra-nationalist group Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP ) in Ayodhya for today, but not authorized by the government. The objective of the demonstration is to demand the reconstruction of the Ram temple on a land disputed for centuries by Hindus and Muslims. On 6 December 1992, about 150 thousand Hindu extremists of Sangh Parivar razed the mosque of Babar ( Babri Masjid ) sparking violent clashes across the country , which killed more than 2 thousand people , mostly Muslims.

Most of the arrests took place yesterday in Ayodhya , where police arrested 340 people, including the spokesman of the VHP and former member of parliament of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP , Hindu radical party ) Lalu Singh. To prevent militants reaching the area , the police deployed 2 thousand Rapid Action Force ( RFA) agents, specialized in counter-terrorism unit .

The Babri Masjid story has become the political emblem of extremist Hindu nationalists. Built in 1528 in Ayodhya , which Indian tradition considers the birthplace of Ram ( incarnation of the god Vishnu ), it has for centuries been the center of disputes between Muslims and Hindus. The latter claimed that the mosque was built on the ruins of an ancient Hindu temple.

After several attempts to raze it, on December 6 , the Sangh Parivar activists, summoned to Ayodhya for a symbolic ceremony to start the construction site of the Hindu temple, railed against the mosque by breaking down the three domes in less than three hours. The police, deployed in contingents along with paramilitary forces, failed to intervene. During the night a small Hindu temple was built on the ruins of the Babri Masjid.

In 2010, the Allahabad High Court ruled that the area be divided into three parts between Hindus and Muslims.


See also

22/09/2010 INDIA
No to more violence over Ayodhya’s Babri Masjid, Hindu leader says
Trepidation grows as the ruling on the Babri mosque demolition in Ayodhya approaches. A rising leader in the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party tries to reassure, saying that shared progress, not religious issues, is the goal.

15/09/2012 INDIA
Radical Hindu leader: vote for us, and we will give you back the Ayodhya temple
Ashok Singhal, historical leader of the extremist group Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), is trying to garner he nationalism of the Indians ahead of the general election in 2014. President of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC): "An attempt to build hysteria, but the majority of Hindus do not believe them."

09/06/2015 INDIA
Neither temple nor mosque but a futuristic museum dedicated to Rama
India’s Tourism minister announced that the museum would not be built on the site claimed by both Muslims and Hindus. However, Hindu nationalist BJP lawmakers have pledged to build a grand temple. In 1992, Sangh Parivar radicals razed to the ground the ancient Babri Mosque and built a temple dedicated to Rama.

01/04/2015 INDIA
Indian Jesuit backs Supreme Court decision against leaders behind Babri Masjid demolition
The highest court in the land issues notices to leading members of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The latter had been acquitted on charges of “criminal conspiracy” in connection with the violence of 6 December 1992 in Ayodhya. For Fr Cedric Prakash SJ, we need to “ensure that the generations to come will be able to live without fear in a free, tolerant and pluralistic India".

20/04/2017 13:02:00 INDIA
Demolition of Babri Mosque: Supreme Court incriminates three Bjp leaders

Lal Krishna Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti will be tried within four weeks. The sentence will be issued at most within two years. Former Chef Minister of Uttar Pradesh escapes court proceedings thanks to governor immunity. Ram Puniyani: "Hopes of Justice After 25 Years".


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