Many hues at Jantar Mantar to mark one date in history

Jantar Mantar wore many hues on Thursday, when various groups gathered here to mark the 20th anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.

One end of Jantar Mantar, where the members of Rashtrawadi Shiv Sena had congregated, was painted saffron, while the other end, where Popular Front of India members were gathered, was green. Adding a splash of red were the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) members, who sat in protest demanding an "effective law against communal violence".

Barely 50 meters from each other, the groups recalled the events of December 6, 1992, in their own way.

While some raised slogans in the name of Ram, others called out to their community and, some, the judiciary.

Members of the Rashtrawadi Shiv Sena, led by party chief Jai Bhagwan Goyal, marched to the Parliament Street police station pushing through security barricades.

Referring to the September 30, 2010, judgment of the Allahabad High Court for a three-way division of the disputed site which was later stayed by the Supreme Court on May 9, 2011 Goyal said: "It has been established that the site is the birthplace of Shri Ram, then why hasn't the whole area been allotted to us, the Hindus?"

Goyal said his party was not in favour of a "new Babri Masjid" in Ayodhya or anywhere else in the country. "The Centre should not test the patience of the Hindus," he said.

A few meters away, members of the Popular Front of India said, "We are going to restore Babri Masjid on the very spot where it was demolished."

Close by, activists of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) demanded an "effective law against communal violence".

The two groups found some common ground. Both chorused that the perpetrators of December 6 be brought to book.

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