A special court in Lucknow on Wednesday delivered the much-awaited judgement in the 28-year-old Babri mosque demolition case. All 32 accused were acquitted by the court as there was no conclusive proof. In its verdict, the judge said that the demolition was not pre-planned.
All accused including BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti were acquitted in the case. They were not present in court but joined via video link.
A high alert has been sounded in Uttar Pradesh. While policemen in civil clothes are on guard in Ayodhya. Also, the Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel have been stationed in 25 sensitive districts.
The Babri Masjid was demolished in December 1992 by “kar sevaks” who claimed that the mosque in Ayodhya was built on the site of an ancient Ram temple. The land dispute over the site was settled last year by the Supreme Court, which allowed the construction of a Ram temple. The court also directed that an alternative site should be allotted in Ayodhya for the construction of a mosque.