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Kothari brothers who laid down lives for Ram remembered

'This feels like Holi and Diwali,' said the elder sister of the Kothari brothers who were killed in the firing by UP Police that tried to stop karseva in Ayodhya under Mulayam Singh Yadav's rule

The families of the karsevaks killed in police firing 29 years ago have expressed happiness after the Supreme Court verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri dispute. They said that the apex court’s judgment made them feel like the festival of Diwali or Holi had arrived. In 1990, brothers, 22-year-old Ram Kothari and 20-year-old Sharad Kothari, were killed in police firing at the Ramjanmabhoomi under the Mulayam Singh Yadav government.

Poornima, elder sister of the Kothari brothers said, “Our whole family is very happy. We waited 29 years for justice. My brothers died while fighting for the Ram temple, now their soul will find peace. It is like a festival of Holi and Diwali for us.”

Purnima, who lives in Burrabazar in central Kolkata, said that the Kothari brothers used to visit the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) shakha near their house regularly.

The Kothari brothers went to Ayodhya for Karseva on the call of Vishwa Hindu Parishad. Dozens of people, including the Kothari brothers, were killed in the firing that took place at that time. Purnima said that when the temple construction starts at the holy site (Ram Janmabhoomi), her family would visit the holy place and pay tribute to all those killed during the karseva.

A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court gave a unanimous verdict on the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute. Rejecting the claim of Nirmohi Akhara, the Supreme Court considered Ram Lalla Virajaman and Sunni Waqf Board as legitimate parties to the dispute.

The top court termed the Allahabad High Court’s decision to divide the disputed land into three parties “irrational”. Finally, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of Ram Lalla Virajaman. The court also ordered that 5 acre of land be given to the Sunni Waqf Board somewhere else in Ayodhya for mosque construction, which most Muslim leaders have refused to accept.

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