New Delhi: The demolition of Babri Masjid was not an act of “frenzied mobs” but that of “sabotage” planned with so much secrecy that no government agency got wind of it, according to a sting operation carried out by a news portal.
“The conspiracy was hatched at the level of two Hindu outfits — the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Shiv Sena — but not jointly. Both these outfits had trained their cadres as part of an action plan, many months before it was implemented on December 6,” news portal Cobrapost said yesterday.
In an investigation, codenamed Operation Janmabhoomi, Cobrapost claims to establish beyond doubt that the demolition was not an act of frenzied mobs but an act of sabotage planned with so much secrecy that no government agency got wind of it.
A journalist with the news portal interviewed 23 of the leaders at the forefront of Ram Janmabhoomi movement, who were involved in the demolition of Babri Masjid, either as conspirators or as executors of the conspiracy that was hatched to bring down the disputed structure.
Of these, the Liberhan Commission, formed to look into the demolition of the Babri masjid, has indicted 15. Among those who were interviewed were Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Uma Bharti, Kalyan Singh and Vinay Katiyar, who talked about the events in the run up to the demolition. At a press conference in the capital, Cobrapost editor Anirudh Behl screened the recorded interviews in which some low-rung leaders of BJP, VHP and Shiv Sena have claimed that the operation was carried out with precision by their volunteers after going through intensive training and mock drills. The sting claims that Bajrang Dal, the youth wing of VHP, had trained its cadres in Surkhej in Gujarat and the Shiv Sena in Bhind and Morena in Madhya Pradesh.
An oath was administered to lakhs of karsevaks (volunteers) in the presence of all the frontline leaders of the movement like L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Ashok Singhal, Giriraj Kishore and Acharya Dharmendra, it claimed.
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has asked the Election Commission to bar the telecast of a sting operation.
“This will disrupt the peaceful election environment in the country. We have asked the EC to take immediate action and stop its broadcast and dissemination in any form as it will disrupt communal harmony,” party leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
Naqvi said that the ‘timing’ of the video was suspicious. “Sonia Gandhi meets Jama Masjid’s Bukhari; he supports her the next day; and then we have a Congress-sponsored sting. Congress is adding communalism to its sin of corruption.”Agencies