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Babri demolition was pre-planned: Liberhan panel
Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 1
The Liberhan Commission has said that the Babri Masjid demolition on December 6, 1992, was pre-planned. However, it stops short of calling it a conspiracy. The commission has found hard documentary evidence against police and officials of the Kalyan Singh government for conniving to bring down the mosque.

The report submitted on Tuesday names several officials of the Uttar Pradesh civil and police administration, who facilitated the demolition. It specifically names Senior Superintendent of Police DB Roy as one of the conniving officials.

The commission has stated that the BJP was only a façade for the RSS, which had started looking for ways to demolish the structure long ago. By 1992, the RSS and the BJP had their key people posted in the twin-cities. As a result, there was no one there willing to enforce the law. The police had turned into “uniformed karsewaks”.

Tracking the historical evolution of the demand for Ram Temple at the disputed site, the commission has said that the move to demolish the Babri Masjid by the RSS started decades ago, but it was given a concrete shape soon after Kalyan Singh formed the BJP government in the state.

The report says that all earlier attempts to demolish the structure had failed because of lack of legitimate political power vested in the Sangh Parivar. The report has pointed out Vinay Katiyar, national convener of the Bajrang Dal, as the main executor of the demolition plan.

The state government had constructed a boundary wall and termed it “Ram Deewar”. This was in accordance with the plan of the VHP. The state government had from time to time stated that the construction of the wall had marked the beginning of the construction of the Ram Temple.

Preparations for events leading to the developments on the fateful day were done meticulously. This included accommodation, water, food, toilets, etc for 5 lakh “karsewaks” that had converged on Ayodhya that day. All this, the report says, was not possible without the active participation of the state government.

All police personnel had been disarmed and their arms replaced with sticks. The over-all security was lowered, frisking was deliberately stopped and clear instructions were issued saying, “no force is to be used on any karsewak”.

Kalyan Singh repeatedly visited Ayodhya to make preparations and the situation was monitored by him on day-to-day basis prior to the demolition.

The commission has documented in detail specific instances of how key officials, both in the civil administration and in the police, were transferred out of Ayodhya and Faizabad and replaced by conniving officer. This process started as soon as the BJP government came to power.

The commission observed the demolition was directed at acquiring political power by the RSS. It was carried out in full view of the national and international audiences, television and mediapersons, yet the state government took no effective steps to prevent the demolition. Nor did it make any attempt later to apprehend the perpetrators of the demolition.

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Joshi ducks Liberhan issue
Faraz Ahmad
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 1
Senior BJP leader and one of the prime accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case, Murli Manohar Joshi addressed a press conference here today. But he refused to utter a word on the Liberhan Commission report, pleading he had no mandate to speak on that.

Instead he devoted himself to attacking HRD Minister Kapil Sibal for his proposed education reforms. He had of course questioned the timing of submission of the report while speaking to a TV channel a little before the press conference. He said, “I don’t want to comment as the contents of the report are not known yet, but one thing is for certain the timing of placing the report is intriguing.”

At the press meet, he tried to make light of the controversy saying, “You want to discuss an event that took place 18 years ago. I have the mandate to speak on the event that took place today.” When pressed further he said, “How can I react to conjectures? I won?t react to Liberhans report till I see it.”

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