The demolition of Babri Masjid was not an act of “frenzied mobs” but that of “sabotage” planned with so much secrecy that no government agency got wind of it, according to a sting operation carried out by a news portal.
“The conspiracy was hatched at the level of two Hindu outfits – the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Shiv Sena – but not jointly. Both these outfits had trained their cadres as part of an action plan, many months before it was implemented on Dec 6,” news portal Cobrapost said on Friday.
In an investigation, codenamed Operation Janmabhoomi, Cobrapost claims to establish beyond doubt that the demolition was not an act of frenzied mobs but an act of sabotage planned with so much secrecy that no government agency got wind of it.
A journalist with the news portal interviewed 23 of the leaders at the forefront of Ram Janmabhoomi movement, who were involved in the demolition of Babri Masjid, either as conspirators or as executors of the conspiracy that was hatched to bring down the disputed structure.
Of these, the Liberhan Commission, formed to look into the demolition of the Babri masjid, has indicted 15.
Among those who were interviewed were Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Uma Bharti, Kalyan Singh and Vinay Katiyar, who talked about the events in the run up to the demolition.
At a press conference in the capital, Cobrapost editor Anirudh Bahl screened the recorded interviews in which some low-rung leaders of BJP, VHP and Shiv Sena have claimed that the operation was carried out with precision by their volunteers after going through intensive training and mock drills.
The sting claims that Bajrang Dal, the youth wing of VHP, had trained its cadres in Surkhej in Gujarat and the Shiv Sena in Bhind and Morena in Madhya Pradesh.
An oath was administered to lakhs of karsevaks (volunteers) in the presence of all the frontline leaders of the movement like L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Ashok Singhal, Giriraj Kishore and Acharya Dharmendra, it claimed.