Priest of ‘Ram Janmabhoomi’, cops engaged in protection test positive for COVID

Modi is scheduled to visit the site on August 5 to lay foundation stone of Ram Temple

New Delhi: The Priest of Ram Janmabhoomi has reportedly tested corona positive, along with 16 cops who are engaged in the protection of the place.

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi is scheduled to be at the site in Ayodhya on August 5, for the ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ ceremony as the Ram Temple is to be built at the place where Babri Masjid earlier existed. Modi is scheduled to lay the foundation stone of the Ram Temple.

The Ayodhya land dispute is one of India’s longest running dispute which continued for decades.

On 6 December 1992, a large group of Hindu extremists belonging to the Vishva Hindu Parishad and allied organisations demolished the Babri mosque, triggering violent clashes all over the Indian subcontinent, killing around 2,000 people. Hindu extremist groups claim that the site belongs to them, and is the birth place of Hindu God Ram.

Last year in November, the Supreme Court of India had directed the Government to hand over the disputed site at Ayodhya for the construction of a temple and set up a trust for the same.

The apex court had further directed the government to give a ‘suitable land measuring five acres’ to the Muslim body, Sunni Waqf Board at a different location.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to lay the foundation stone of the Ram Temple on August 5, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, president, Ram Janambhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has said. The Temple Trust had proposed August 5 as ‘auspicious’ date for Ram Mandir groundbreaking ceremony.

BJP General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya termed August 5 as a ‘historic day’ by stating that on this day foundation stone of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, will be laid and it also marks the first anniversary of the scrapping of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.

August 5 marks the anniversary of the removal of Article 370 by Government of India.

The Parliament of India had in August last year adopted a resolution to abrogate Article 370, and passed a Bill to bifurcate the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, controlled directly by the Government of India.

Article 370 granted Jammu and Kashmir autonomy, and its scrapping was done as all Kashmiri political representatives were kept under detention, communication in Kashmir was blacked out, and thousands were imprisoned.

The removal of Article 370 has made concrete the fears of demographic change in the Muslim majority region of Kashmir, as laws regarding land ownership and citizenship have been changed by the Government of India controlled administration.


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