Bajrang Dal members in the city were booked for breaking prohibitory orders while on their way to the VHP’s event. The were flying saffron flags and raising allegedly communal slogans.
Karsevaks involved in the Babri Masjid demolition of December 6, 1992, recall the events of the day 25 years later.
In the Ayodhya riots that followed the Babri Masjid demolition, 18 Muslims were murdered, almost all their houses and shops were torched and destroyed.
No doubt, these results reflect local political dynamics but the fact that the opposition managed to hold its own against the BJP with paper ballots may well rekindle the debate on the merits and demerits of EVMs.
According to locals and the woman’s family, the police were conducting a raid to investigate illegal alcohol production.
According to the police, the incident was deliberate and was planned keeping in mind the Moharram procession in the village.
Organising Durga Pujas has become more popular because there is less financial investment involved, people in the city say.
Hindu, Shia and Sunni religious leaders were present at the event held in Ayodhya on Wednesday.
Mahant Bhaskar Das shared good relations with the Muslim community. His death will be a blow to communal harmony in Ayodhya.
The two judges had been appointed by the Allahabad high court in March 2003, during the excavation conducted by archaeological survey of India at the disputed site.
“Now there is a BJP government in the state, so there is no problem and no hurdles in the way of the construction of the Ram mandir.”
While the slaughter and distribution of meat is banned in Ayodhya, during Bakrid, the local administration unofficially lifts the ban for the Muslims to perform the qurbani ritual.
The organisations see the arrival of stones in Ayodhya as the open contempt and dishonour of the Supreme Court.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad has sped up preparations for the construction of Ram mandir, which it announced is to start within a year.
In a similar move in 2015, two truck loads of stones were brought in, but the then Samajwadi Party government banned any further import.
The Supreme Court order that the status quo be maintained was violated when the administration allowed a trishul-bearing sadhu to enter the Ram shrine.
“We can’t allow a masjid to be built near the Ram mandir. If Muslims are giving up their claim to the disputed land, they are welcome for talks,” says VHP litigant.
The Sunni Central Waqf Board, the main claimant in the Babri masjid title suit, is led by nominees of the UP government.