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Hindus trying to 'liberate' Ayodhya site: Centre
May 26, 2003 20:11 IST
The disputed site in Ayodhya was the birthplace of Lord Ram and Hindus have been making efforts to 'liberate' it by struggle, negotiations and litigations, the Centre told the Liberhan Commission on Monday.
"The existence of Ram Chabutra and Kaushaliya Rasoi on the outer court of the disputed structure, where worshiping has been going on since long, admittedly indicates conclusively that this place cannot be the birthplace of any person other than that of Lord Ram," Centre's counsel Lala Ram Gupta told the Commission.
Referring to the revenue records, surveys and accounts of historians, both Indian and foreign, he claimed that all these documents clearly indicated that the site in question where the Babri Masjid stood was the Janamsthan. Only later, he said, was it called Masjid-Janamsthan.
"That is why the whole structure assumed the name Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid complex," he claimed.
The Centre maintained the dispute arose in 1528 when Mir Baqi, the commander of Mughal Emperor Babar, built the mosque after invading India.
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