Republic Bharat's deep investigation reveals the massive manipulations on the number of deaths reported by the Mulayam Singh Yadav government, after ordering the merciless killing of Karsevaks in Ayodhya.
The police firing at Ayodhya in 1990 goes down in history as one of the darkest days, orchestrated by the Samajhwadi founder Mulayam Singh Yadav. Speaking over the issue, Uttar Pradesh's deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma told Republic that the issue will be seriously investigated if witnesses come forward.
He said, "If there is an issue in front of the government, be it small or big it is their duty to investigate. If there are witnesses, then this issue will definitely be investigated."
Although the police reports claim that 18 lives were lost, the Republic investigation tells a different story.
It was in October 1990 that thousands of Karsevaks had marched on Ayodhya to seek the construction of a Ram Mandir at the Ram Janmabhoomi site where the Babri Masjid then still stood. With the Mulayam Singh government resolving to stand against them, what resulted was a two-part crackdown by the state police that resulted in a massacre of the karsevaks. The official report on the incident concludes that 16 people had been killed in the firing. However, Republic Bharat's massive #KarsevakMassacre expose has revealed that the number was potentially far far higher, and that the communal motives and lies behind the subsequent coverup, vicious.
Republic Bharat's months-long investigation entailed a sting on senior Uttar Pradesh police officer VB Singh, who was then the SHO at the Ram Janmabhoomi police station. During the course of the sting, the officer made a series of shocking revelations.
Chief among the revelations was the laying bare of the official number of deceased that had been recorded in the post-incident report. For 28 years, Mulayam Singh Yadav has maintained that only 16 people had been killed. However, his top cop reveals that it was all a ruse.
“Dekhiye jo mare the log, toh desh ke patrakar aaye the, DM SSP kahe ki jaye SHO se baat ki jiye, toh bakeyde camere-vamera liye voh baat kar rahe toh, toh woh sunejo statement jo government ko dya gaya that usme 8 aadmi gunshot injury se dikhaye gaye the aur 8 aadmi gunshot injury se mare, aur 42 ghayal dikahee gaye the. Samjhte hai", VB Singh said. However, speaking before a hidden camera, VB Singh disclosed that the massacre was really of "countless" Hindus, rather than of 16 people.