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Excavation begins amidst tight security

K G Suresh in Ayodhya | March 12, 2003 15:06 IST

The excavation at the disputed site in Ayodhya to find out whether a temple existed beneath the demolished Babri mosque†began on Wednesday amidst tight security, Faizabad district administration sources said.

The digging began at 1335 hrs ten feet away from the make-shift temple after a three-hour survey by an Archaelogical Survey of India team.

The excavation, ordered by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court, which is hearing a title suit on the land acquired by the government in the aftermath of the mosque's demolition, started in the presence of counsels and nominees of the contesting parties.

The place was cleaned and wild grass cut before labourers began digging under the supervision of Superintending Archeologist B R Mani.

Though Mohammad Hasim Ansari of the Sunni Central Waqf Board and one of the original plaintiffs boycotted the exercise, the Board was represented by Zafrayab Geelani, who was accompanied by two archaeologists -- R C Takran and Mohammad Abid.


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Sub: Is the topic worth a debate

We have so many other areas where we need to develop. Ok, tell me if something is found in the excavations, we will be heading ...


Posted by Kiran Kumar Vootori





Sub: Good Desicion by the Court

India has long suffered from the invaders and it is now time to claim back the important temples at least. I donít know why the ...


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Sub: Good Desicion by the Court

India has long suffered from the invaders and it is now time to claim back the important temples at least. I donít know why the ...


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Sub: Ayodhya Excavations

Will this slove the problem of Raamjanam Bhoomi? It may trigger another dispute at a different place,like Mathura,Benares and all the temples demolished by muslim ...


Posted by Sunita





Sub: Excavation at Ayodhya as per the orders of Lucknow HC

I am reminded of one joke published on the cover by Ananda Vikatan a decade ago. Lord Vishnu asks the sage Narada,"Tell me whether its ...


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