Proposal moots freeing 70 acres of land near disputed site

Faizabad, Feb 8 (PTI) Several of the parties to theAyodhya dispute are discussing a proposal seeking release ofthe 70 acres of land acquired by the Centre near the makeshifttemple and the Babri Masjid site.

The new proposal, which has been put forward byindustrialist Sanjay Dalmia--a relative of former VHP chiefVishnu Hari Dalmia-- envisages building a temple, a mosque, achurch and a gurudwara in the released area.

About a dozen prominent persons from Ayodhya,including Haji Mahboob, a petitioner in theRamjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suits, Ranjeet Laal Varma,the councel for Nirmohi Akhara, Swami Hardyal Shastry, aprominent godman of Ayodhya, a representative of NirmohiAkhara and Dharam Das, a Ram temple movement leader metrecently to discuss the issue.

"Dalmia who convened the meeting laid his proposalbefore us. There were different opinions on itsimplementation on gettng the approval of Muslim and Hindureligious leaders," Shastry said.

Mahboob said, "I have handed over the proposal toadvocate Zafaryab Jilani (counsel for the Sunni Central WaqfBoard in the Ayodhya title suit), I will not compromise overBabri Masjid site. If they are ready to leave mosque land wecan talk."

According to this new proposal, leaving aside thedisputed 132x80 sq ft land of Ram Lalla''s make shift shrineand Babri Masjid site, the 70 acres of land that was acquiredby the union government in 1991 should be released.

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