Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service
Hyderabad, December 6
As Hyderabad observed the demolition day of the Babri Masjid as a “black day” today, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief and Hyderabad MP, Asaduddin Owaisi, has asked the people of India to “remember the demolition of the Babri Masjid” on December 6, 1992 and tell the future generations about the “injustice” done by the demolition of Babri Masjid at Ayodhya.
Taking to Twitter, Owaisi said, “Remember and teach the next generation to remember: For 400+ years our Babri Masjid stood in Ayodhya. Our ancestors prayed in its hall, broke their fasts together in its courtyard & when they died, they were buried in the adjoining graveyard. Never forget this injustice”.
He went on to tweet saying, “On the night of December 22-23, 1949, our Babri Masjid was desecrated and illegally occupied for 42 years. On this date in 1992, our masjid was demolished before the whole world. The men responsible for this did not see even a day’s punishment. Never forget this injustice”.
Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana responded to some Muslim organisations and shut their shops and business establishments to “register their democratic protest on the anniversary of demolition of Babri Masjid”.
The AIMIM had also appealed that businesses should not be forcibly closed.
Tight security arrangements were made by the police to prevent any untoward incident. Additional forces were deployed in Hyderabad, especially in the communally sensitive old city. Police said personnel of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) were deployed near the Charminar and the historic Mecca Masjid.
Five supporters of the Darasgah Jihad-o-Shahadat (DJS) were arrested when they tried to take out a rally in the old city to mark Babri Masjid demolition anniversary.
United Muslim Forum in a statement has said that “not just a mosque, but secular and democratic structure of the country was razed on this day”.