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Placing of idols in mosque led to litigations over disputed site: SC

The incident of placing of idols inside the Babri Mosque in 1949, which was followed by attachment of the disputed land by a magisterial court, led to the filing of the first of five suits in connection with the controversial site, the Supreme Court noted on Saturday. In its historic verdict on the Ayodhya issue, the apex court said that the run-up to the incident saw the posting of a police picket at the site on November 12, 1949 due to communal tensions. Thereafter, a letter was sent to Faizabad District Magistrate K K Nayar by the Superintendent of Police raising concerns that Hindus were likely to force an entry into the mosque to install idols there, the verdict said. Subsequently, the Waqf inspector gave a report stating that Muslims were being harassed by Hindus when they sought to pray in the mosque, a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi recalled in Saturday s judgement. The bench noted that Nayar, who was also the Deputy Commissioner of ...

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