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Ayodhya Hindus happy but won’t celebrate SC verdict, Muslims ‘accept’ it

Heavy police & paramilitary presence in Ayodhya is ensuring no open celebrations take place, after Supreme Court ruled that Hindus would get the disputed land.

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Ayodhya: A sigh of relief was palpable in heavily-fortified Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, Saturday after the Supreme Court paved the way for construction of a Ram Mandir at the disputed site in a unanimous verdict.

Hindus were understandably happy with the judgment, but barring a handful, most resisted from open celebrations, lest it hurt the Muslims. The minority community seemed to be in a sombre mood, but said it would abide by the Supreme Court order.

Some Hindus burst crackers to celebrate, but the police cracked down on them immediately. The police also stopped a group of about five youngsters who were riding a motorcycle down the road shouting “Jai Shri Ram”.

Also read: Full text of Supreme Court judgment on Ayodhya title dispute case

‘We don’t wish to offend anyone’

Residents themselves are intent on making sure there are no mass celebrations on the streets.

Ayodhya resident Vinod Kumar Sahu expressed happiness at the verdict, but insisted that law and order was of paramount concern.

“We are extremely happy with the verdict but will not celebrate with much fanfare, keeping in mind the sensitivity of the situation. We don’t wish to offend anyone. Maintaining law and order is supreme,” Sahu said.

Another resident said, “It is a matter of great joy. We don’t even need to eat today because the verdict has filled our stomachs.”

‘Accept the verdict’

A majority of Muslims ThePrint spoke to said they accepted the verdict, including Mohammad Iqbal Ansari, one of the litigants in the case.

“It is the right verdict. We earlier said that we will respect the Supreme Court verdict. What the court did is fine and we will accept it,” Ansari told the media gathered outside his house.

Heavy fortification

The city of Ayodhya has been heavily fortified with a large number of UP policemen, CRPF and Rapid Action Force personnel.

Barricades have been set up in number of places within Ayodhya and on all roads leading to the city.

Police vehicles are making regular rounds and senior officers are camping in the city.

Constant messages are being flashed on the wireless sets of policemen, saying that Section 144 has been imposed and they should not allow people to gather in one spot.

Policemen have been asked to stay extra cautious and alert.

Also read: Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict not fair, may file review petition, says Zafaryab Jilani of AIMPLB


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  1. Why shouldn’t Hindus celebrate our victory? It is a matter of great joy that after so many years of legal battle, we finally got the land we rightfully deserved. It was not right on part of SC to appease muslims by giving them 5 acres of alternate land, but let us respect the verdict.

  2. In a layman’s eye, this judgement is not worthy of the respect we normally accord (or are expected to accord) to a Supreme Court judgement.
    How did the court manage to…” The court upheld the belief of Hindus that Lord Ram was born at the disputed site in Ayodhya.” My father was born only 100 years ago, and not 5000 years ago. Yet, if I go to his village, who will be there from my grandfather’s time to tell me where that family lived when my father was born?
    The SC..” also upheld that the mosque was neither abandoned nor seceded by the Muslims.”
    Also,… “The fact that there lied a structure beneath the destroyed structure has been established by the ASI. ASI had not established whether temple was demolished to build the mosque.”
    In the light of the above, I don’t know how the court could decide that the Central government should build a temple there. Just because the Muslim waqf board has not been able to prove its right over the land does not mean that a Muslim structure did not stand there. We all have seen the photos of a mosque standing there.
    If this decision is taken in the interest of peace even if at the cost of Fairplay, then it is a welcome decision. Human lives are more precious than bricks.

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