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Oldest Litigant of Babri Case Hashim Ansari Dies of Heart Ailment

Ansari’s house had been attacked in the riots that followed the demolition of the Babri mosque.

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In 2014, Ansari had called for burying the dispute and making “a fresh start.”(Photo: Reuters)

The oldest litigant in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri mosque case, Mohammad Hashim Ansari, breathed his last in Ayodhya on Wednesday. Ansari passed away from heart-related ailments that he had been suffering from for many years, Ansari’s son Iqbal revealed.

Ansari, 95, had been fighting the case for the Babri mosque since December 1949. In 1961, Ansari along with six others became the main plaintiffs in the ‘Ayodhya title suit’ filed by the Sunni Central Waqf Board.

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Ansari, who had vehemently opposed the demolition of the disputed structure, saw his house being attacked in the riots that followed the mosque’s destruction by Kar Sevaks on 6 December 1992.

In 2010, the Allahabad High Court in its majority verdict had allotted one-third of the disputed site in Ayodhya to Nirmohi Akhara.

The other two-thirds was given to be equally shared by the Waqf Board and the side representing Ram Lalla temple.

In 2014, Ansari had called for burying the dispute and making “a fresh start.” Reports had emerged that he had withdrawing from the case but later, Ansari quashed such rumours, claiming that he had given the power of attorney to his son Iqbal to contest the case.

(With PTI and IANS inputs.)

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