Ayodhya verdict: HC to end 61 yr old dispute

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Allahabad, Sep 30: The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court is all set to announce the verdict in Babri title dispute at 3.30 pm on Thursday, Sep 30. The 61-year-old title dispute is one of the longest running and disputative cases of independent India.

The HC will announce the verdict that who owns, whether Hindus or Muslims, the 60 sq ft by 40 ft land in Ayodhya, where Babri Masjid situated till Dec 6, 1992. The main reason for the dispute is the allegations that Babri Masjid was built by demolition Hindu temple. Hindus believed Ayodhya as the birth place of Lord Rama while Muslims seek to defend the Babri Masji at the site.

The ownership dispute between Hindus and Muslims dates back to 1885 when the the first suit filed by Mahant Raghubir seeking permission to build a temple on Ram Chabootra. But petition was not accepted by the Faizabad district court in 1886.

Later in 1950 and 1959 the second and third suite were filed by Hashim Ansari and Nirmohi Akhara respectively asking the permission for worship in the disputed land. In 1961 UP Sunni Central Waqf Board filed the fourth title suit asking the permission for Muslims to pray at the mosque. Later 1964 all these suits were combined together becoming the main case in the dispute.

In Dec 6, 1992, the Babri Masjid was demolished a Hindu mob, resulting communal clashes between the Hindus and the Muslims in which more than 2,000 people lost their lives.

The three-member Lucknow bench of Allahabad HC that comprises Justice Agarwal, Justice Sharma and Justice Khan will announce the verdict of the ownership of Ayodhya which will end the longest running case in Independent India.

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