Failing to ignite communal passions in the state by conspiring Dadri lynching, the saffron forces have once again become active in Ayodhya. This time they discovered their forgotten heroes- “the Kothari brothers” who died 25 years ago in police firing on karsevaks in Ayodhya on November 2, 1990 during Mulayam Singh Yadav regime.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad is planning to commemorate 25th anniversary of their sacrifice for construction of Ram Temple in a big way in Ayodhya at Karsevakpuram. The occasion is planned to remember the ‘martyrs’ of Ram Temple Movement.
Till the demolition of the disputed structure on December 6, 1992, the VHP use to organise the anniversary of these ‘martyrs’ on November 2. However, after 1992, the date lost its significance.
Purnima Kothari, the sister of Ram and Sharad Kothari who were among those killed in police firing, is the convener of the function who is coming all the way from Kolkata as a part of VHP strategy to recreate communal frenzy.
Firebrand Union ministers Uma Bharti and Manoj Sinha, BJP MPs Vinay Katiyar and Yogi Adityanath, VHP leaders Ashok Singhal, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das and Acharya Dharmendra are likely to attend function.
Purnima Kothari, the president of Kolkata-based ‘Kothari Bandhu Sewa Trust’ established in the memory of her two brothers, said that all the prominent guests have confirmed their arrival on the day, except Ashok Singhal, who is not well.
On November 2, 1990, following the directives of the then Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to protect disputed structure at all costs, the Police had resorted to firing on volunteers who had assembled near the disputed structure to perform a symbolic “Karseva” for the construction of the Ram temple. Later, VHP claimed that 16 people, including Kothari brothers from Kolkata, died in the firing.