The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to construct roads in the state in the names of countless Hindu devotees who were brutally killed in the November 1990 massacre, when the UP police under the then CM Mulayam Singh Yadav opened fire upon the Karsevaks who had gathered at Ayodhya to demand the construction of Bhavya Ram Mandir at Ram Janmbhoomi.
Roads in Uttar Pradesh in the name of Karsevaks- Keshav Maurya
The Deputy CM of Uttar Pradesh, Keshav Maurya announced the same during his visit to Ayodhya on Tuesday. The minister, who visited the city to inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of around 996 projects worth about 15 billion, said in his statement: “Karsevaks had come to Ayodhya in 1990 and wanted the darshan of Ram Lalla. The then SP government had fired bullets at the unarmed Ram Bhakts. Many had died. Today, I announce that roads would be constructed in UP in the name of all such Karsevaks.”
According to reports, the Yogi government would be naming the roads “Balidani Ram Bhakt Marg”. These roads would lead towards the martyred Karsevaks’ homes with their names and pictures displayed on the plaque.
On the honour of soldiers Jai Hind Veer Path would be also built
As a tribute to those thousands of Hindu devotees and Karsevaks whose extreme sacrifices laid the foundation for the Hindu reclamation of the Janmbhoomi of Shri Ram, the UP CM further said that Jai Hind Veer Path would be built to honour the soldiers and police officers who laid down their lives fighting external and internal enemies.
Remembering the Massacre of 2nd November, 1990
In November 1990, two years before the demolition of the Babri Masjid, Mulayam Singh Yadav as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh had ordered firing upon the Karsevaks who had gathered at Ayodhya to demand the construction of Ram Mandir.
It was November 2, 1990, when a large group of Karsevaks, including the Kothari brothers, started to gather in front of Hanuman Garhi, as the group led by Bajrang Dal’s Vinay Katiyar started moving ahead but were stopped by police. They sat on the road in protest and started singing bhajans when suddenly, the security personnel at the behest of the then CM Mulayam Singh Yadav started firing at the crowd. Many people died from head wounds and stampede.
Official figures suggested that 16 Karsevaks were killed by UP Police
While official figures suggested that 16 Karsevaks were killed by UP Police under Mulayam Singh Yadav, the actual number is believed to have been much higher. It was reported then that the police had disposed of many dead bodies, either by cremating them at unknown places or by dumping them into the Saryu River in sacks. A sting conducted by the Republic TV in 2019, claimed that the Karsevaks were denied proper Hindu funeral rites as many of them were buried instead of being cremated.
The news of the shooting was mostly suppressed by the Indian media then. However, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh was given a different sobriquet ‘M’ Mulayam Singh for his pro-Muslim stance during the incident.