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‘Babri was inevitable accident’
|New Delhi, May 2: Former district magistrate of Faizabad, Mr RN Srivastava, in his deposition before the Liberhan Commission stated here on Thursday that the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, was like an inevitable accident which could not be avoided because of all-round failures. He said that failure on the part of the organizers, the leaders of the movement, intelligence agencies, the Central government, the Supreme Court and the local administration in their respective roles led to the demolition of the structure. He related that the organizers failed as they could not keep their men in check and the leaders failed as they reposed over-confidence in their cadre and could not persuade their men to abstain from storming the structure. He added that the intelligence agencies and IB failed in their assessment of the likely frenzied behaviour of Ramsevaks.
The former bureaucrat said the Centre had failed to intervene on time in the matter though some proposals in this regard were being considered, while the Supreme Court could not assess the likely outcome of their order regarding symbolic kar seva.
Lastly, he pointed out that the local administration, in spite of making all the necessary security arrangements under close supervision of senior officers, could not succeed in protecting the Babri Masjid from a "human cyclone" of more than two lakh frenzied and emotionally surcharged Ramsevaks whom no security or contingency plan could stop. He said that after analysing the reasons for the sudden outburst of the Ramsevaks, it appeared that they were frustrated because they were called several times earlier any tangible work. He added that whatever police action was witnessed was between 12 and 12.30 pm and thereafter, the Ramsevaks were in control of the situation (Asian Age, 3 May 2002). q
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