Nirmohi Akhara: Muslims stopped five-times prayers in 1934

New Delhi, Aug 6 (IANS) Arguing its claim on the disputed site in Ayodhya, Nirmohi Akhara informed the Supreme Court on Tuesday that Muslims stopped five-times prayers a day at Babri Masjid in 1934 and abandoned the "structure" in December 1949 even for Friday prayers.

The Nirmohi Amhara submitted before the Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that its claim over the disputed land was filed in 1934. And the counter claim suit was filed by the Sunni Wakf Board over disputed land in 1961.

The counsel for Akhara also claimed that idols of Lord Ram were placed inside the mosque on the night of December 22-23, 1949.

The counsel argued that Hindu parties performed daily prayers and contested the claims of Muslim parties that they offered daily prayers at the disputed site.

Sushil Jain, counsel for Nirmohi Akhara, arguing on the point that a place cannot be considered a mosque if prayers are not offered, said: "We have staked our claims since 1934. No namaz has been offered there."

The counsel also brought to the court's notice another evidence establishing its claim.

The provision of wuzu, an area where Muslims wash hands and body parts before beginning prayers, was absent from at the place, added the counsel.

"The prayers were never offered there since 1885, therefore we can arrive at a conclusion that it ceased to exist as a mosque many years ago."

--IANS

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