Babri demolition: Hindu Mahasabha leader held for bid to recite Hanuman Chalisa at Mathura Masjid; security beefed up

  • Hindu organisation announced Babri Masjid demolition to recite Hanuman Chalisa at the mosque
  • Hindu litigants have filed a petition in a Mathura court seeking to bar Muslims from praying at the mosque
  • District administration asked the police to remain on high alert after on the anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition

While Muslim world over mourn the 30th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition, Hindu organization in Mathura “celebrated” the criminal act by giving a call to perform puja at Mathur’s Shahi Masjid Idgah today.

The Babri Masjid was razed to ground on 6 December 1992 by mob of karsevaks who assembled in Ayodhya on the call of top BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and several others.

However, the police arrested them. According to sources, an Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha leader for trying to recite Hanuman Chalisa at the mosque, officials said. The official added that seven-eight leaders of the Hindu Mahasabha were detained.

The Shahi Masjid Idgah is a sensitive site as a group of Hindu litigants have filed a petition in a Mathura court seeking to bar Muslims from praying at the mosque. They have claimed that the site is the birthplace of the Hindu deity Krishna.

The Hindu Mahasabha’s had given a call for reciting Hanuman Chalisa inside the mosque to mark the anniversary of the Babri Mosque demolition.

Additional Superintendent of Police (City) Martandey Singh said the police arrested the Hindu Mahasabha’s Agra region in-charge Saurabh Sharma when he was making an attempt to go towards the mosque. The Hindu body’s president Rajshri Chaudhary and treasurer Dinesh Sharma were not among those confined at their homes, and that there was no information with the police about the two, he said. The ASP said security has been beefed up.

The Mathura district administration had asked the police to remain on high alert after the Hindu Mahasabha announced its plans to recite the Hanuman Chalisa at the mosque, reported Outlook. District Magistrate Pulkit Khare had issued an order on December 1 prohibiting the gathering of five or more persons without permission. The order will remain in force till January 28.


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