Babri mosque security was slack on Dec 6, 1992: IPS officer
Senior IPS officer Anju Gupta today deposed before a special CBI court as a prosecution witness in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case in which L K Advani and other leaders have been charged. She said leaders were instigating the kar sevaks from the dais and by 4.30 pm third dome was demolished. Umesh Raghuvanshi reports.lucknow Updated: Mar 26, 2010 17:49 IST
The senior IPS officer Anju Gupta told the special CBI court here today that security arrangements were inadequate around Babri Masjid-Ramjambhoomi complex on December 6, 1992.
Deposing before the court in CBI case pending here about the conspiracy in the demolition of the mosque, Gupta, who was then posted as Assistant SP Ayodhya, said the then IG Lucknow AK Saran at a meeting on December 5 had
said that in view weak security arrangements the mosque could be demolished.
“It was for this reason within few minutes the kar sevaks succeeded in breaking barricades and stormed into the complex”, she said. Anju Gupta is at present on deputation to the Centre.
Referring to senior BJP and VHP leaders AK Advani, Dr MM Joshi, Ashok Singhal, Vinay Katiyar, Uma Bharati, Pramod Mahajan, Vishnu Hari Dalmia, Acharya Dharmendra deo, SC Dixit, Sadhvi Rithambhara and others who were
then at the dais, Anju Gupta said they were all very happy when the mosque was being brought down.
They were celebrating and distributing sweets at the dais, Anju said and added they were embracing each other.
The IPS officer said when she saw kar sevaks falling from the mosque dome she told about it to Advani. She said Advani wanted to go to the spot but after consultations with two senior police officers who had accompanied Advani from Lucknow, he was asked not to go the spot for security reason.
Anju said she took Uma Bharati to spot but her car was stopped and later Bharati walked down to demolition site. Anju also said that leaders at the dais had been giving calls to kar sevaks not do “kar seva from top but from the ground”. She said leaders were instigating the kar sevaks from the dais. She said the first dome came down around 1.45 to 2.15 pm and by 4.30 pm third dome was demolished.
First Published: Mar 26, 2010 09:28 IST