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Kailash Vijayvargiya remembers Kar Sevaks Kothari brothers who laid down their lives for construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya

According to eye-witnesses, the Kothari brothers mounted a saffron flag atop the Babri Masjid, but however, fell prey to the brutality meted out at the Kar Sevaks at the behest of the then UP CM Mulayam Singh.

Hours after the Supreme Court pronounced judgement in the title case of Ram Janmabhoomi, allotting the historical site to Ram Lalla Virajman and said a Ram Mandir should be constructed there, BJP national general secretary, Kailash Vijayvargiya hailed the apex court for increasing the respect of India’s judiciary all across the world by unanimously resolving the decades-old problem. While congratulating the countrymen on this occasion, Vijayvargiya remembered the two Kar Sevaks, the Kothari brothers, who had spearheaded the sacred work of Ram Mandir Nirmaan and willfully laid down their lives in their long quest for glory.

The BJP leader today met Purnima Kothari, the sister of Ram and Sharad Kothari, who were killed in police firing on November 2, 1990, and their bodies were found in a narrow lane near Hanumangarhi in Ayodhya. Purnima had been awaiting the verdict with bated breath as she felt that “it’s only with the construction of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya that my brothers’ soul will rest in peace”.

“We want action against former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav for issuing firing order on innocent ‘kar sevaks’ (Hindu volunteers) in which my brothers Ram and Sharad Kothari were killed. They were unarmed and killed by police on the instruction of the chief minister. It’s only with the construction of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya that my brothers’ soul will rest in peace.”

Read: Road to Ram Janmabhoomi, Ayodhya: How Hindus fought for Shri Ram

“It is unfortunate that even after more than 28 years, nothing has happened in this case. Now, we are hopeful that the argument will be in our favour. My brothers were only doing ‘kirtan’ (devotional songs) in the Hanumangarhi area. They were unarmed, but Yadav ordered the security forces to open fire at them. We want justice,” she had said.

The incident which occurred in Ayodhya, 29 years back, left an ineradicable mark in the history of India. The incidents in the last days of October and the 1st four days of November 1990 had left the then UP CM Mulayam Singh completely off balance who left no stone unturned to unleash utmost atrocities on Kar Sevaks who assembled in Ayodhya.

On November 2, 1990, a large group of kar sevaks, including the Kothari brothers, started to gather in front of Hunumangarhi, a stone’s throw away from Babri Masjid that was eventually demolished days later. They started moving ahead but were stopped by police.

All of them sat on the road in protest and started singing ‘bhajans’ (religious songs) when suddenly, the security personnel at the behest of then CM Mulayam Singh, started firing at the crowd and chased kar sevaks across the area. Many people died from head wounds. There was a stampede at the Saryu Bridge, which killed a number of people. According to eye-witnesses, the Kothari brothers mounted a saffron flag atop the Babri Masjid, but however, fell prey to the brutality meted out at the Kar Sevaks.

It was reported then that the police had disposed of many dead bodies, either by cremating them at unknown places or by dumping them into the Saryu River in sacks. The news of the shootings was mostly suppressed from the Indian media then, however, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh was given the sobriquet ‘Mulla’ Mulayam Singh for his pro-Muslim stance during the incident.

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