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Ayodhya-Ramjanmabhoomi case's chief litigant Mahant Bhaskar Das dies

With Bhaskar Das’s death, both chief litigant in the infamous case, one from the Muslim and one from the Hindu side, are no more

Ayodhya-Ramjanmabhoomi case's chief litigant Mahant Bhaskar Das dies

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Mahant Bhaskar Das, the chief litigant in the Ayodhya’s infamous Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Case who also happened to be the 'sarpanch mahan' or chief priest of Nirmoli Akhada in Ayodhya passed away on Saturday at the age of 89.

With Bhaskar Das’s death, both chief litigants in the infamous case, one from the Muslim and one from the Hindu side, are no more.

Hashim Ansari, the oldest litigant in the case, had passed away in July last year aged 95.

Ansari and Bhaskar Das despite being rival litigants, shared a close friendship.

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Bhaskar Das, who was unwell for a long time, was taken to the Harshan Heart Institute in Faizabad on Wednesday night after having severe breathing problems.

He breathed his last at around 3 am on Saturday morning.

When he was around 16, Bhaskar Das had joined the Naka Hanuman Gadhi temple and began performing service at the temple and his religious studies.

The Nirmohi Akhada priest had filed a claim for the Ramjanmabhoomi land ownership ion 1959.

Apart from that, Bhaskar Das was also a mahant of the Naka Hanuman Gandhi temple town in Faizabad district of Uttar Pradesh.

Mahant Bhaskar Das’s role in Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Case

In 1959, Nirmohi Akhada’s mahant Raghunath Das had filed a case claiming the Ram Janmabhoomi.

At that time, Bhaskar Das, who was in charge of rituals at the Ram Chabutra on the premises, too joined the case and filed the claim.

After the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court gave a verdict in the case on September 30, 2010, Bhaskar Das filed a petition in the Supreme Court for ownership of the entire Ramjanmabhoomi premises.

The case is still going on, and now after Bhaskar Das’ demise, his disciple mahant Ram Das is likely to take over as the litigant.
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