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December 8, 2008
NEW DELHI (APP) — Over 7,000 Muslims were arrested in Tamil Nadu state in India for protesting against demolition of Babri Mosque in 1992.
They were demonstrating on the 16th anniversary of demolition of the Mosque.
Media reports from Chennai said the authorities had tightened security ahead of the demonstrations in the communally sensitive Coimbatore district of the state by deploying additional force at airports and places of worship.
The authorities arrested activists of Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK) and Tamil Nadu Towheed Jamaat (TNTJ) when they tried to stage “rail rook” and demonstration in many places, including Chennai, Coimbatore and Tirupur, demanding rebuilding of Babri Masjid.
In Chennai alone, around 1,500 members of TNTJ were arrested near Raj Bhavan while about 800 members of TMMK were held at the Central and Egmore Railway Stations, the police said.
In Coimbatore over 2,000 activists of TMMK and TNTJ were detained.
Similar protests were also staged in other cities and towns of Tamil Nadu. Meanwhile, Muslim organizations in India have demanded President Pratibha Patil to re-build the mosque at its original site.
The All India Babri Masjid Re-Building Committee and All India Muslim Unity Front in a joint memorandum to Patil also demanded referral of all disputes relating to it and Ram temple to the Supreme Court for a final time-bound and binding decision.
The verdict of the court will be acceptable to the Muslim community, the memorandum said.
Mohammed Younus Siddique, President of Babri Masjid Re-Building demanded arrest of opposition leader L K Advani, BJP’s senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi, Bharitya Jan Shakti leader Uma Bharti and others in connection with demolition of Babri Masjid.
Meanwhile, Hindu Mahasabha activists tried to stage March towards Babri Mosque site in Ayodhya on Saturday.
Fifty of them were arrested, police said.
“Youm-e-gham” and ‘Black Day’ was observed by Muslim organisations in Ayodhya to protest the demolition of the mosque.
Black flags were hoisted o houses and a memorandum addressed to the Congress Government demanding reconstruction of the mosque was handed over to the district magistrate in the city.