Decades have passed since the Ayodhya firing incident and the subsequent massacre of Karsevaks but the scars remain fresh for Bharat, especially for crores Hindu devotees across the world.
The history of the Ram Janmabhumi Movement is incomplete without mentioning the brutal episode of the Ayodhya firing in which Mulayam Singh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party butchered hundreds of Karsevaks.
The Uttar Pradesh police fired live ammunition at unarmed Karsevaks on two separate days, October 30 and November 2, 1990. According to some reports, the police at the behest of Mulayam started firing at the Karsevaks who were sitting on the road in protest and singing bhajans. Many people died from head wounds. The firing also triggered stampedes at the Sarayu Bridge in which a number of Karsevaks lost their lives.
According to the state government’s official records report that 16 people were killed, but the actual numbers were in hundreds! The martyred Karsevaks were denied proper Hindu funeral rites. The police dumped many dead bodies into the Saryu River in sacks; many dead bodies were buried instead of being cremated.
Media Suppressed The Brutal Hindu Massacre
Unfortunately, the mainstream media and the political parties have conspired to brush the brutal massacre under the carpet. In 2019, Republic TV, in a sting operation, revealed that innumerable Karsevaks were slaughtered by the Police in 1990 under the Mulayam Singh government and the government also faked the death toll, which was bigger than what was actually recorded.
“Dekhiye jo mare the log, toh desh ke partaker aaye the, DM SSP kahe ki jaye SHO se baat ki jiye, toh bakeyde camere-vamera liye voh baat kar rahe toh, toh woh sunejo statement jo government ko dya gaya that usme 8 aadmi gunshot injury se dikhaye gaye the aur 8 aadmi gunshot injury se mare, aur 42 ghayal dikahee gaye the. Samjhte hai”, said VB Singh, a senior Uttar Pradesh police officer who was then the SHO at the Ram Janmabhoomi police station. VB Singh had disclosed that ‘the massacre was really of “countless” Hindus, rather than of 16 people.’
Among the martyred were Kothari brothers from Kolkata, Ram Kothari and Sharad Kothari. Aged 22 and 20, Ram and Sharad Kothari were Swayamsevaks of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh. Responding to the clarion call of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad for Karseva, the brothers reached Ayodhya. Later, the bullet-ridden bodies of Kothari brothers were found in a lane near the Hanuman Garhi temple on November 2, which is very close to the Janmabhumi.
‘My brothers’ sacrifice is not in vain,’ says Purnima Kothari
“My brothers sacrificed their lives for the motherland. They happily embraced death for the sentiments of Hindus, for Ram Lalla. But unfortunately, even after so many years, the temple is yet to be built. People forgot us. Sometimes I question myself, was it a wasted martyrdom,” Purnima Kothari, sister of Ram and Sharad, told a reporter.
“The two could only reach Varanasi by train after which they took a taxi and later walked till Ayodhya. The atmosphere was surcharged. I am told they were the first to hoist the saffron flag on top of the Babri dome,” Purnima Kothari told a news agency.
Kin Of Kothari Brothers Invited For August 5 Event In Ayodhya
Paying rich homage to the sacrifice of the Kothari brothers, two members of the Kothari family -Purnima Kothari and her niece Yashashwini Kothari – have been formally invited by the Trust to attend the August 5 ceremony, which will mark the formal beginning of the Ram Temple construction work in Ayodhya.
“We wanted to invite more Karsevaks. But due to pandemic, we have only invited local Karsevaks and Purnima Kothari, sister of Kothari brother of Kolkata,” said Champat Rai, general secretary of the Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirath Kshetra Trust.