Signaling the fact that Babri Masjid demolition is a foregone issue, the 17th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition passed off smoothly, without any untoward incidents. With recent Liberhan Commision reports implicating several top leaders, it was thought that 6th of December might see some frenzy activities especially in the Ayodhya-Faizabad area. Both State and Central Govts added a lot of police cover in the area, however life went on smoothly for everyone without any one really bothered with creating a issue out of the anniversary.
The Govt was really skeptical of the impact the day would have. In anticipation of public rallies, etc, Central forces were deployed which included 500 personnel of PAC, 200 Jawans of the Rapid Action Force, bomb detection squads and anti-sabotage teams. CCTv cameraas were installed around the disputed structure and all public gatherings were banned for the day.
Ever since the Liberhan Report on the findings of Babri Masjid demolition case was tabled in the Parliament last month, it was expected that Congress and other similar minded parties would try and make a BIG deal of the whole issue, especially on the 6th of Dec. The Liberhan report had indicted not just Kalyan Singh and Uma Bharti, who were among the top BJP leaders at that time, but it also included the names of L K Advani and Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee. The name of A. B. Vajqpayee surprised many as he was and is probably one of the most respectable figures of Indian politics. What was ironic was that the report gave a clean chit to the then Prime Minister, P. V. Narasimha Rao, and the Congress Party, who despite being the party running the country at that time, were unable to do anything to prevent the demolition.
6th of December was marked by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad as Shaurya Diwas (Valour day), the Babri Masjid Action Committee (BMAC) observed it as a ‘black day’. Across Ayodhya saw shops and commercial establishments, mainly owned by Muslims, closed with several of them displaying black flags. VHP has been demanding the construction of a grand Ram Temple at the disputed site, supposedly the place were Lord Rama was born, while Muslim groups have been demanding action against those who were indicted by the Liberhan Commission.