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Ayodhya excavations unearth three skeletons

Sharat Pradhan in Lucknow | May 17, 2003 16:26 IST

Three human skeletons were recovered on Friday during excavations at the disputed site in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.

An official associated with the exercise told this scribe over telephone: "Only the main bones of the skeletons looked intact, but we have not brought these out of the trenches."

The skeletons were found at a depth of two to three feet in the newly dug trenches behind the makeshift temple that stands on the debris of the 16th century Babri mosque.

The mosque was pulled down by radical Hindus in December 1992 triggering nationwide communal riots claiming hundreds of lives.

Undertaken from March 12 in pursuance of orders of the Allahabad high court, which is hearing a title suit, the excavations are aimed at establishing whether a Hindu temple existed at the site before Mughal emperor Babur built the mosque.

The court had given a month's time to the Archaeological Survey of India to complete the task. However, the deadline was extended twice and the ASI is now expected to be ready with its findings by June 15.

As many as 24 trenches have been dug around the temple and a large number of artefacts recovered so far have been documented and preserved by the ASI under the supervision of a court observer.

About a fortnight back, the ASI team had found the first skeleton. However, following objections raised by the Muslim representatives overseeing the work, it was neither extricated nor was the sport probed further.

Zafaryab Jilani, the legal counsel for Sunni Central Waqf Board, said: "The discovery of skeletons is a clear indication of the existence of a Muslim graveyard, which is what we have been claiming for years."

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Sub: Jumping too soon to conclusions !

And say even if that conclusion is hypothetically correct, and a sacred place was forcibly converted into a graveyard on the strength of a sword ...

Posted by p chandra

Sub: unearthing of skeleton a vindication of the muslim claim

the unearthing of skeleton at the disputed site is a clear proof that a graveyard existed at the site of the mosque

Posted by faisal ahmed khan

Sub: Excavations reveal skeletons

>>>>However, following objections raised by the Muslim representatives overseeing the work, it was neither extricated nor was the sport probed further<<<< This is what holds ...

Posted by Kaushik Das


This longstanding dispute which has created hatred among two communities would bring peace and harmony by the objects dug out at the disputed site, which ...


Sub: Excavations reveal skeletons

Well two things can be deduced 1) Those skeletons can be either of Hindus or Muslims 2) They were definetely not left there by the ...

Posted by Sridhar



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