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Ayodhya diggers reach depth of 5 feet

Sharat Pradhan in Lucknow | March 20, 2003 23:24 IST

Digging at the disputed site in Ayodhyahas reached a depth of nearly 5 feet, it was officially learnt on Thursday.

The excavation, which began on March 12, was resumed on Thursday after two days off forHoli.

The task has been taken up underthe direction of a special bench of the Allahabad high court at Lucknow, essentially to establish whether a Hindu temple once existed at the site where the Babri Masjid stood till December 6, 1992.

The excavating teamfound a copper coin andtwo terracotta pieces on Thursday. Similar terracotta pieces were recovered from one of the trencheson Monday.

According to an official, diggingis in progress in seven often trenches,each measuring4x4 metres in and around the disputed site.

Work on the other three trenches wassuspendedafter the diggers encountered the floor of theBabri Masjid, barely four to six inches below the surface. Even though it wasevident that the floor had remained buried under the debris of the mosque, the Archaeological Survey of India and local officials decided to seek a freshdirection from the court before piercing into it.

Significantly, most of the digging is being carried out close to the Ram Chabootra, which was believed to have sprungmajor revelationsin the past. The chabootra (platform) wasalso pulled down in 1992.

While some artefacts were recovered from the site during excavations carried outin the late 1970s, somerelics were recovered while levellingthe area in June1992. On both occasions, however, the work was undertakensome distance away from the main structure of the mosque.

"This is the first timeexcavations are being undertaken well within the outer courtyard of the razed mosque, where the Ram Chabootra stoodfrom the time ofEmperor Akbar, until the entire structure was pulled down in 1992,"a senior official said.



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