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Ahead of Shivsena-VHP Ayodhya Rallies, city Muslims fear for their lives

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Ansari said that the city Muslims including him are feeling unsafe ahead of the Ayodhya rallies. “We want the administration to beef up security,” he said.

 

Lucknow| The rallies planned by Shiv Sena and Vishwa Hindu Parishad to Ayodhya have left the Muslims in the city fearing for their lives, said Iqbal Ansari, one of the litigants in the Babri Masjid case. He said that the community is feeling unsafe.

The Shivsena chief Uddhav Thackeray raked up the Ram Mandir demand targetting its ally BJP. Thackeray said the BJP promised to build the Ram Temple but did not do so after coming to power. He also announced to highlight the Ram Mandir demand, he will rally to Ayodhya himself. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad too, has planned the rally. The VHP on Wednesday said that at least one lakh people will rally to Ayodhya expressing their discontent towards the Supreme Court’s proceedings in the matter. The rallies are scheduled for November 25.

Talking to the media, Ansari said that the city Muslims including him are feeling unsafe ahead of the Ayodhya rallies. “We want the administration to beef up security or we will have to migrate before the rally,” he said.

Recalling the 1992 incident, he said that the community feels threatened by the huge crowd of lakhs of people. “A crowd had gathered in 1992 also and razed the Babri mosque; my house was also torched,” he said.

On the other hand, the OP Singh Director General of UP Police said that the police will ensure the safety of everyone including the minority communities.  safety to everyone “including minorities”. He further added that if anyone feels unsafe they should immediately contact the regional police. “The responsibility of 23 crore people, including minorities, rests on the UP Police. We will provide them with the needed security,” Singh said.

The VHP claimed on Wednesday that at least one lakh people will come to Ayodhya on November 25 to show their discontent towards the Supreme Court’s proceedings in the matter. Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray will also join the rally to address a gathering for the first time in the temple town.

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