AYODHYA: The Indian Supreme Court, in one of the most controversial verdicts of its history, on Saturday announced that a Hindu temple would be built at the site of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.
While, the pleas filed by Sunni Central Waqf Board and Shia Central Board of Waqf were rejected.
Ram Mandir will be built at the site of Babri Masjid and Sunni Waqf Board will be given five acre land at a separate place as an alternate to the site of the mosque in the city, the apex court ruled.
Hurting the sentiments of more than 217 million Muslim population in the country, the five-member bench of the top court in its verdict announced that the disputed land should be allotted to the Ramjanmabhoomi Trust. The government should constitute a board within three months for construction of the temple, it added.
Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the court verdict has been announced under severe pressure which would further enrage the Muslims in India and Kashmir who were already furious over August 5 decision of repealing occupied Kashmir’s status.
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He said no Kashmiri was ready to accept India’s August 5 decision.
A Hindu organisation had claim that the temple was built after demolishing a temple whereas, the Muslims had claimed that it was a fabricated claim and there was no sign of any temple at the site of the mosque.
In 1526, when Mughal emperor Babar arrived in India at the request of an Indian governor. One of his generals during the conquest of northeast India visited Ayodhya where he built the mosque and named it Babri Masjid to pay tribute to the king.
Hindu mobs attacked and demolished the mosque in 1992. The incident left nearly 2,000 people dead, mostly Muslims.
According to some Muslims, the dispute began in December 1949, when some Hindus placed an idol of one of their gods Ram in the mosque and started worshiping it, soon after the partition of the sub-continent.
It may be noted that the ruling which was scheduled to be announced on November 17 has now been announced on the occasion when Pakistan is going to welcome the Sikh community of the neighbouring country on their visit to their religious site in Kartarpur.
Security of the area and monitoring on social media has been tightened in a bid to avert any untoward incident.