Ayodhya: With both Hindu and Muslim communities refraining from holding any special event to mark the day, the 28th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition was unlike previous years on Sunday even as the administration had deployed heavy security in the town to ensure peace. Also Read - UP Gram Panchayat Election 2021: Over 60 Per Cent Polling Till 5 PM

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Until 2018, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) used to observe the day as ‘Shaurya Diwas’ (day of bravery), while the Muslims in the town marked it as ‘Black Day’ (day of mourning).

However, this year the VHP had already announced that as the Supreme Court has mandated the disputed site for a temple there was no need for observing the day in any special manner.

“We had issued advisories to our ranks not to celebrate the anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition as Shaurya Diwas,” Senior VHP leader Mahant Kamal Nayan Das told PTI.

From the Muslim side, Haji Mahboob, who was their main litigant in the Babri Masjid case, said, “We have not held any event on this day. But we mourned the demolition of Babri Masjid in the mosques and offered special prayers.”

A five-judge bench headed by the then Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had in a unanimous verdict on November 9, 2019, decreed the entire 2.77 acre disputed land in favour of deity ‘Ram Lalla’ and also directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque in Ayodhya.

Subsequently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 5 this year laid the foundation here of a Ram temple, the culmination of a campaign that fuelled the rise of the BJP and marked the fulfilment of one of its core poll promises.

The anniversary last year was also a low-key affair with both Hindu and Muslim religious leaders downplaying the occasion amid tight security measures.

Ayodhya Deputy Inspector General of Police Deepak Kumar told PTI the anniversary on Sunday passed off peacefully and no event was organised.

The seers and the clerics of Ayodhya joined hands for peace and communal harmony, he said.

A mosque at the site was demolished on this day in 1992 by RSS-backed ‘kar sevaks’ who believed it was built on a temple land, leading to a protracted litigation that ended with the Supreme Court verdict.

(With inputs from PTI)