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    Relief in Ayodhya after judgment

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    Many lanes and bylanes were barricaded by the police, but elsewhere it was business as usual. In the run-up to the judgement delivered by a five-judge bench, many lanes in the town bore a deserted look. At homes, people sat glued to their television sets.

    At some places, people chanted “Jai Shri Ram” and burst crackers.
    AYODHYA: Relief appeared to be the overwhelming emotion in Ayodhya as the Supreme Court pronounced its judgment on the disputed site, allotting it for the construction of a Ram temple.

    Many lanes and bylanes were barricaded by the police, but elsewhere it was business as usual.

    In the run-up to the judgement delivered by a five-judge bench, many lanes in the town bore a deserted look. At homes, people sat glued to their television sets.

    "Thank God," said Preeti Singh, a resident of Rikabganj, who was visiting a Durga temple with her children around the time the five-judge bench delivered the judgment in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute.

    At some places, people chanted “Jai Shri Ram” and burst crackers.

    Mohammed Sajid, who runs a tailoring shop, told PTI that he felt the verdict is “incomplete”. He did not wish to elaborate.

    Devotees who visited the makeshift Ram Lalla temple at the disputed site appeared overwhelmed when told about the judgment.

    Bharat Singh was among them. He had his “darshan” around 11 am, about 30 minutes after Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had begun reading the verdict.

    “I am overwhelmed and feel that my dream has come true. I feel blessed,” he said later, holding back tears.

    Mumbai resident Shreenarayan Shukla and Moradabad business Manish Gupta emerged smiling, their foreheads smeared with sandalwood paste.

    In Hanumangari area, some youngsters chanted “Jai Shri Ram”, with their parents initially telling them not to do so.

    Around Naya Ghat, it was business as usual at shops selling puja material, and worshippers visited temples that dot the area. Some foreign tourists were also seen there.

    At eateries there, people discussed the judgment and a handful of youngsters shouted Jai Shri Ram slogans.

    Vehicles from outside Ayodhya, including those carrying media people, were being stopped a couple of kilometres ahead of the sensitive Hanumangarhi temple area.

    Ahead of the verdict, there was some apprehension among people in state capital Lucknow as well.

    "We want amity. I want to open my shop and earn my livelihood. I hope there will be no problem anywhere after the verdict," Ramu, a tea-seller in Lucknow's Hazratganj area, said.

    After the verdict, vegetable seller Akram said he will go about his business. “There is no tension anywhere. Whatever decision has come is welcome," he said.

    All schools and colleges in Uttar Pradesh have been closed from Saturday to Monday as a precautionary measure. Schools will also be closed on Tuesday for Guru Nanak Jayanti.
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    2 Comments on this Story

    Ramraj 443 days ago
    It is proved that Pakistanis are Najaiz aulad of Babur and Taimur. So today is a saddest day for Pakistanis. In anticipation of this verdict Pakistanis have already developed a missile called BABUR(SLCM), which is designed to hit babri site directly.
    Logician444 days ago
    By allowing to build a temple in place of Babri Masjid after demolishing the Masjid by LK Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti with their fellow criminals, the Supreme Court has justified the unlawful destruction of the Babri Masjid to give the permission of Ram temple otherwise it was impossible for the SC had the Babri Masjid remains intact. Hats off to Supreme Court for the historic verdict on the basis of unlawful destruction of the Babri Masjid.
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