//Ayodhya shield angers Muslims

Ayodhya shield angers Muslims

New Delhi, July 7: Muslims have strongly attacked the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre over its plan to build a bulletproof enclosure made of steel around the Ram Lalla idol at the disputed site in Ayodhya. They have claimed that this would be a violation of the Supreme Court order mandating that the status quo be maintained at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

Muslim Personal Law Board spokesman S.Q.R. Illyasi said: "After the December 1992 demolition of the Babri Masjid, Muslims for the first time reposed trust in the Congress in 2004. By such actions, the Congress stands to forfeit their confidence." Mr Illyasi went on to point out: "The Supreme Court in 1994 had ordered the status quo in Ayodhya.

Again, in 2003, the Supreme Court further clarified on the status quo order and maintained that it covers the entire 67-acre land acquired by the Centre, in the wake of the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992."

The disputed site has a three-tier security cover. The outer ring is manned by the Uttar Pradesh police. The second ring is manned by the UP Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC), and the inner ring around the idols is manned by the CRPF. "There is no justification for providing further bulletproofing at the disputed site. It is unwarranted and uncalled for," Mr Illyasi said. Erection of a steel wall would legitimise the makeshift temple at the disputed site, and the Muslim leaders had serious objections to this, he added.

Jamiat-ul-Ulema-e-Hind acting general secretary Abdul Hameed Noamani said: "The Jamiat-ul-Ulema-e-Hind seriously objects to the Union home ministry (seeking) the permission of the Supreme Court for providing bulletproof security to the temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. This act of providing bulletproof security to the Ram Temple would send a wrong message to members of the minority community, and it can cause further alienation with the Congress. He said the Centre’s action was uncalled for and constituted a flagrant violation of the status quo order passed by the Supreme Court."