The Bajrang Dal Wednesday took out a motorcycle rally in Ayodhya to celebrate the demolition of Babri Masjid 25 years ago, according to media reports.
Defying Section 144 of the IPC, which was imposed in Ayodhya on Wednesday, a large number of activists of the Bajrang Dal took out a motorcycle rally across the city to mark ‘Shaurya Diwas’ or ‘Day of Bravery’, Hindustan Times (HT) reported.
“Change of government in the state and a saffron-clad Mahant heading it as chief minister had its bearing in VHP’s ‘Shaurya Diwas’ celebrations on the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition on Wednesday,” according to a report in HT online.
“For the first time after the demolition of the mosque on December 6, 1992, saffron outfits took out a motorcycle rally in Ayodhya to mark the occasion.”
When members of the Muslim community, who had assembled at the residence of a litigant in the dispute — Haji Mehboob — to observe the day as ‘Yaum-e-Gham (day of sorrow) and Yaum-e-Syaah (black day) came to know about the rally, they expressed their outrage.
To protest against the incident, Muslims came out on the street outside Mehboob’s residence and raised slogans.
The situation became tense when some members of the group also demanded that a rally be taken out to protest against the demolition of the mosque.
However, additional district magistrate Vindhyavasini Rai and superintendent of police Anil Singh Sisodia assured action against the Bajrang Dal activists, thereby controlling the situation.
Mehboob also pacified agitators and controlled the situation.
“Never in the past has any Hindu or Muslim organisation taken out a rally in Ayodhya on December 6. It is for the first time that a rally has been taken out in violation of tradition that has been followed till date in Ayodhya,” he was quoted as saying by HT.
Meanwhile, Bajrang Dal activists also took out a rally in Jammu to celebrate the ‘Shaurya Diwas’.
Amid chanting of slogans, a motor rally comprising dozens of Bajrang Dal activists was taken out from Vishwa Hindu Parishad office Shakti Ashram at Rehari Wednesday afternoon.
“The rally was part of ‘Shaurya Diwas’ (Day of Valour) to celebrate the demolition of the Babri mosque on this day in 1992,” VHP spokesperson Rajesh Kumar said.
He said a ‘sabha’ (meeting) was organised prior to the rally.
(Featured photo: ‘Kar sevaks’ atop the Babri Masjid shortly before it was demolished on December 6, 1992/ Hindustan Times)