The Union Minister of Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said that "the sting operation that was conducted by the team will definitely become the subject for discussion". In October 1990, several Karsevaks, seeking construction of Ram Mandir were killed during the Ayodhya firing incident which was allegedly ordered by the then Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mulayam Singh Yadav. Republic Bharat conducted a sting operation on the senior UP police officer V B Singh. He made sensational claims and revealed that hundreds of Karsevaks were killed by the Mulayam Singh government in 1990.
Talking to Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami about the sting operation, Law Minister Ravi Shankar said:
"I am the Minister for Law, therefore, I have certain restrictions. I would like to congratulate Republic Bharat. The sting operation that was conducted by the team will definitely become the subject for discussion. There have been many incidents in Ayodhya due to political causes, however, not many things surfaced. The government will now look into the matter. The Ayodhya movement has been crucial and a Mandir should be constructed there. As a Law Minister I have many restriction but I want to say that your sting should become the matter of discussion. Many inquiries took place on Karsevaks. The Gun was fired during Mulayam Singh Yadav's government. Some talk about the human rights of Khalistani terrorists but no one talks about the human rights of Karsevaks. We know the story of Kothari Bandhua. Let there be discussion on this issue, I am sure this will go far long".
In 1990, the Mulayam Singh government had ordered firing on Karsevaks in Ayodhya to stop them from attacking and demolishing Babri Masjid. It was then reported that 16 people were killed in the firing. But on Saturday, hours after its launch, Republic Bharat came up with a massive expose which revealed that a number of Karsevaks were killed by the cops and that the government had hid the figures from the people.
A sting operation was conducted on VB Singh, then SHO of Ram Janmabhoomi than. On the tape, he was caught mentioning that the official figure given by Mulayam Singh's government was made up and that many more were killed and buried.
"When the people died some reporters from foreign had come. Then DM SSP told me to go to SO and make a statement in which eight people were reported dead due to gun shot injury and 42 people were shown injured. Then we started founding several bodies of karsevaks, which was the truth. But we had to give a report to the government on the number of deaths during the incident. So we went to the crematory and inquired on the number of bodies that came to be cremated. They told us that 15-20 bodies had come to be burried. So, on the basis of this information, we told the government that those bodies which were buried were not of Karsevaks. But the truth was they were of Karsevaks," he was caught saying on tape.