Honour the Sacrifice, Build Ram Mandir: Kin of Slain Kar Sevaks
Video Editor: Abhishek Sharma
On 30 October and 2 November in 1990, 16 kar sevaks were shot and killed in Ayodhya. As the issue of Ram Mandir hits the limelight again, The Quint spoke to the family members of these deceased kar sevaks. Miffed with the politics, these family members are eagerly waiting for the Ram temple to be built, so that the deaths of their loved ones amount to something.
The kar sevaks of Ayodhya have always played a crucial role in the issue of the Ram temple. The families of the slain kar sevaks also wish to see the temple built, and are displeased with the politics over Lord Ram, especially around the time for election.
Two brothers from Kolkata had left their homes to be a part of the demonstration in Ayodhya in 1990. It is said that Ram Kothari, 23, and Sharad Kothari, 21, were the first ones to hoist the saffron flag on Babri Masjid.
The Kothari brothers were killed during the firing launched at the kar sevak’s demonstration on 2 November 1990.
Mulayam Singh Yadav was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh when, on 30 October and 2 November 1990, kar sevaks tried to demolish Babri Masjid. To prevent that from happening, the UP police fired at the kar sevaks, which led to the death of the 16 people.