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Indian-American Muslims comemorate 20th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition, demand restitution

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IMO News Service

Washington DC: The Association of Indian Muslims of America (AIM), Washington DC - an NGO of Indian Muslims who live in North America - held a meeting today in Washington DC to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the demolition of Babri mosque in Ayodhya in north India. The ancient Babri mosque built in circa 1527, was demolished on December 6, 1992 by a mob of anti-Muslim fanatics organized by several anti-Muslim groups.

The meeting expressed deep anguish that the said anti-Muslim organizations and their followers, in connivance with the local police and administrative authorities flouted clear historical record, the orders of the Supreme Court of India and the Government of India to carry out the above demolition of an ancient place of worship. Also at that time they organized violent anti-Muslim riots in many cities in India that resulted in much loss of life and property of the Muslim community. This dastardly episode is a blot on the secular and democratic structure of the Indian nation.

What is most regrettable is that twenty years later the Indian government has not yet brought to trial any of the culprits and their leaders, whom the government’s own enquiry committee, the Liberhan Commission, and the mainstream Indian media has identified repeatedly as complicit in the said crime.

A resolution passed in the meeting submitted the following demands to the Prime Minister of India for correcting the said wrong.

a. The Government should take up a discussion on the Liberhan Commission Report in the Parliament.

b. The Government expeditiously prosecute the pending criminal cases against the identified culprits in a court of law.

c. The Supreme Court consider the Orders of the Special Bench of the Allahabad High Court on the Title Suit relating to the ownership of the parcel of land where Babri mosque existed expeditiously.

d. The Government pay due compensation to the persons who lost their lives or who were injured in post-demolition violence in Ayodhya, and the owners of the 450 houses and shops torched by the mob there on that day in December 1992.

e. The Government assist the Muslim community to reconstruct the mosques, shrines and tombs that were demolished/damaged in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 by the anti-Muslim mob.

For details, Contact:

Kaleem Kawaja
Association of Indian Muslims of America
Washington DC
Phone: 443 812 0123
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