Babri Masjid Case’s Oldest litigant Hashim Ansari passes away


New Delhi: Hashim Ansari (95) the oldest litigant in the Babri Masjid case, died early on Wednesday morning due to heart-related complications. Hashim Ansari, who was 96-year-old, took his last breath at his residence in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. Hashim Ansari, who was a tailor by profession, had been associated with the case since December 1949 when idols of Lord Ram were allegedly planted in the Babri Masjid.

Hashim Ansari, suffering with serious health ailments, was admitted in a Lucknow hospital in critical condition. He was admitted to the ICU of King George Medical University after he complained of chest pain and congestion. Ansari, who once praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanded nation-wide ban on beef.

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He also said he was ready for talks with Modi for peaceful negotiations in the matter only if he promises that he will ensure punishment to those accused of its demolition. In 1954, Hashim Ansari was sentenced to two years jail by Faizabad court for giving azaan (call for namaz) in the Babri Masjid. Later, in 1961, Ansari along with six others became main plaintiff in the ‘Ayodhya title suit’ filed by the Sunni Central Waqf Board in the court of Faizabad civil judge. Ansari was the only surviving plaintiff.

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