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16 Headlines That Captured Babri Masjid Demolition

India | News18 | December 6, 2017, 8:19 pm
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 The first big armed assault on Babri Masjid was reported in October 1990, when thousands of Kar Sevaks organised by VHP stormed the mosque. Storming by Kar Sevaks of Babri Masjid and killing of several of them in retaliatory fire by police resulted in more deaths in several parts of the country where riots broke out.(Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

The first big armed assault on Babri Masjid was reported in October 1990, when thousands of Kar Sevaks organised by VHP stormed the mosque. Storming by Kar Sevaks of Babri Masjid and killing of several of them in retaliatory fire by police resulted in more deaths in several parts of the country where riots broke out.(Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

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 Several articles and op-eds were written in pages, praising the decision to open locks to Babri Masjids. Some went on to compare the opening of locks to the fabled return of Lord Ram after serving 14 years in exile. (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

Several articles and op-eds were written in pages, praising the decision to open locks to Babri Masjids. Some went on to compare the opening of locks to the fabled return of Lord Ram after serving 14 years in exile. (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

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 The first big armed assault on Babri Masjid was reported in October 1990, when thousands of Kar Sevaks organised by VHP stormed the mosque. In retaliation, many Kar Sevaks were killed in firing by police and paramilitary forces. 'storming by Kar Sevaks of Babri Masjid and killing of several of them in retaliatory fire by police resulted in more deaths in several parts of the country where riots broke out.' (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

The first big armed assault on Babri Masjid was reported in October 1990, when thousands of Kar Sevaks organised by VHP stormed the mosque. In retaliation, many Kar Sevaks were killed in firing by police and paramilitary forces. 'storming by Kar Sevaks of Babri Masjid and killing of several of them in retaliatory fire by police resulted in more deaths in several parts of the country where riots broke out.' (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

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 There are reports of BJP withdrawing support from the VP Singh led union government after LK Advani’s arrest in Bihar in October 1990. (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

There are reports of BJP withdrawing support from the VP Singh led union government after LK Advani’s arrest in Bihar in October 1990. (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

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 More than 500 people were counted dead within three days of the demolition of Babri Masjid. In states like Assam, there were reports of scores of people being burnt alive, other states like MP, Rajasthan, Karnataka along with UP showed double-digit casualty figures. Hundreds of more people would die in communal clashes in days to follow. (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

More than 500 people were counted dead within three days of the demolition of Babri Masjid. In states like Assam, there were reports of scores of people being burnt alive, other states like MP, Rajasthan, Karnataka along with UP showed double-digit casualty figures. Hundreds of more people would die in communal clashes in days to follow. (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

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 Advani’s arrest sparks off violence in several places including UP. A news item talks about army conducting flag marches in 26 districts of UP. The entire state is put on red alert. (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

Advani’s arrest sparks off violence in several places including UP. A news item talks about army conducting flag marches in 26 districts of UP. The entire state is put on red alert. (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

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 Some newspapers published ground reports from Ayodhya with controversial editorial slants. In this headline police's firing causing the death of Kar Sevaks, who had come with the clear intent of demolishing the mosque, is highlighted. (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

Some newspapers published ground reports from Ayodhya with controversial editorial slants. In this headline police's firing causing the death of Kar Sevaks, who had come with the clear intent of demolishing the mosque, is highlighted. (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

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 Following riots and arson in Delhi, with the news of gates unlocking spreading out, in an interview with a Hindi newspaper the then Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid is quoted saying that opening of locks of Jama Masjid has sparked fire across the country.

Following riots and arson in Delhi, with the news of gates unlocking spreading out, in an interview with a Hindi newspaper the then Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid is quoted saying that opening of locks of Jama Masjid has sparked fire across the country. "If gates aren't locked, God forbid, anything can happen in the country.” (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

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 After Babri Masjid was demolished, senior leaders of BJP - LK Advani, MM Joshi - along with leaders of VHP - Ashok Singhal - were arrested from the spot. (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

After Babri Masjid was demolished, senior leaders of BJP - LK Advani, MM Joshi - along with leaders of VHP - Ashok Singhal - were arrested from the spot. (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

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 Locks to Babri Masjid were opened in February 1986, allowing Hindu devotees to pray to an idol of Ram. This move ignited small-scale riots at several places. (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

Locks to Babri Masjid were opened in February 1986, allowing Hindu devotees to pray to an idol of Ram. This move ignited small-scale riots at several places. (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

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 A strongly worded edit piece, published in April 1986, titled ‘Andhere Mein Laut Te Kadam’, calls out the strife caused by the opening of Babri gates as a return for our country to a path leading to darkness. (Image: Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

A strongly worded edit piece, published in April 1986, titled ‘Andhere Mein Laut Te Kadam’, calls out the strife caused by the opening of Babri gates as a return for our country to a path leading to darkness. (Image: Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

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 The first big armed assault on Babri Masjid was reported in October 1990, when thousands of Kar Sevaks organised by VHP stormed the mosque. In retaliation, many Kar Sevaks were killed in firing by police and paramilitary forces. (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

The first big armed assault on Babri Masjid was reported in October 1990, when thousands of Kar Sevaks organised by VHP stormed the mosque. In retaliation, many Kar Sevaks were killed in firing by police and paramilitary forces. (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

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 There are disputes on religious sites in Varanasi and Mathura also. These sites are not as important for Muslims as they are for Hindus, so it should be easy for Muslims to give up their claims on these lands.’ (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

There are disputes on religious sites in Varanasi and Mathura also. These sites are not as important for Muslims as they are for Hindus, so it should be easy for Muslims to give up their claims on these lands.’ (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

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 At the peak of Ram Janmabhoomi unrest, political leaders from various parties tried alternate measures to pacify the situation and resolve the temple issue. This news report quotes the spokesperson of UP government advising Parliament to debate and resolve the issue. (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

At the peak of Ram Janmabhoomi unrest, political leaders from various parties tried alternate measures to pacify the situation and resolve the temple issue. This news report quotes the spokesperson of UP government advising Parliament to debate and resolve the issue. (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

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 In 1987, a 'Pratigya Yagya' or a ceremony to take vows to build the Ram Temple was taken in Ayodhya. Vishwa Hindu Parishad was slowly building momentum to build the Ram Temple through gatherings like these. (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

In 1987, a 'Pratigya Yagya' or a ceremony to take vows to build the Ram Temple was taken in Ayodhya. Vishwa Hindu Parishad was slowly building momentum to build the Ram Temple through gatherings like these. (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

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 24 persons killed in five states, Nine killed in other UP areas: The first big armed assault on Babri Masjid was reported in October 1990, when storming by Kar Sevaks of Babri Masjid and killing of several of them in retaliatory fire by police resulted in more deaths in several parts of the country were riots broke out.' (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)

24 persons killed in five states, Nine killed in other UP areas: The first big armed assault on Babri Masjid was reported in October 1990, when storming by Kar Sevaks of Babri Masjid and killing of several of them in retaliatory fire by police resulted in more deaths in several parts of the country were riots broke out.' (Image: Anand Swaroop Verma)