Muslim leaders in Uttar Pradesh on Monday cautiously reacted to the content of the report of the Liberhan Commission that probed the demotion of the Babri mosque on December 6, 1992.
They were apprehensive that some parties would again try to politicise the issue after 17 years, following the alleged “leakage” of the report.
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav recently gave a call for the construction of the mosque after distancing himself from former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kalyan Singh, who was chief minister during the demolition.
Earlier, Singh’s joining forces with Yadav after leaving the BJP angered SP’s Muslim leaders, such as Mohammad Azam Khan, who threatened to leave the party.
On Monday, the Uttar Pradesh government has alerted district administrations in view of the "leakage " of the report and ordered pre-emptive measures.
Additional Director General of Police, Law and Order,Brij Lal said adequate security was available with deployment of six companies of the Central Reserve police Force and the Provincial Armed Constabulary.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board member and Naib Imam of Lucknow Eidgah Maulana Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahli counselled the politicians not to drag the community into it again.
Prominent cleric Ali Nasir Sayeed Agha Roohi Abaqati told Hindustan Times the nation had been facing more complex economic and security problems than the Ram Janmabhoomi tangle.
The Babri mosque in Ayodhya was constructed by the order of Babur, the first Mughal emperor of India in the 16th century. As the mosque stood on a hill, claimed as the birthplace of Lord Rama, it was destroyed allegedly by Hindu rightists despite making a commitment to the Supreme Court that the mosque would not be harmed.
Rashid said, “The community has already suffered a lot, and there should be no more politicking on it.” He, instead, stressed the tabling of the report along with the Action Taken Report (ATR) in Parliament.
Contradicting the criticism of the Babri Masjid Action Committee and the All India Babri Masjid Action Committee in the report, he said committees confined themselves to litigation.
Babri Masjid Action Committee convener Zafaryab Jilani said, “We will reply to the commission’s criticism after reading the report.”