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Once who razed Babri Masjid have now pledge to renovate 100 Mosques and embraced Islam

Uttar Pradesh : Former Karsevaks who actively participated in bringing down the Babri Masjid are ashamed of their act. For three persons who once were regarded as heroes in their own villages for razing down Babri Masjid, the act is now a crime that they deeply regret. The guilt-ridden former Kar Sevaks (activists) have now converted to Islam.

Mohammed Aamir (Balbir Singh) on left, Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui giving religious sermon on Right. (Image courtesy : DNA)

Balbir Singh former Shiv Sena leader from Panipat made a black history as he climbed atop the raized Babri Masjid, on a dateline India will never forget — December 6, 1992. Today, Singh is now better known as Mohammed Aamir and his colleague, Yogendra Pal, Mohammed Umar. Both of them have vowed to construct and renovate 100 mosques during their lifetime as repentance for what they had done.

So far, Singh, now Aamir, says, they have managed 40. Singh is known as the first karsevak on the dome to raze the Babri mosque for which he received a hero’s welcome as he returned to his home town, Panipat. Two bricks were carried back by him which are still kept in the Shiv Sena’s office there. He planned to assassinate Muslim cleric, Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui in Deobandh that he later changed. After listening to the religious sermons of the Maulana, Singh confronted him not as an enemy but as someone “who had sinned against the house of God.” It was then he embraced Islam.

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His journey was not easy though. Aamir, has left his home town Panipat far behind to settle in Hyderabad where he is married to a Muslim lady. In another twist of fate, Aamir also runs a school to spread the teachings of Islam.
Stories of other kar sevaks who are doing their best to exorcise the memories of shame and guilt. Shive Prasad, a former youth leader of the Bajrang Dal in Ayodhya, is one of them. Prasad had given training to about 4,000 kar sevaks and he and his team had actively participated in pulling down the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992.Within a year after the demolition, Prasad went deep into depression, suffering bouts of hallucination, blaming himself for having committed an “unforgivable sin.”

Prasad visited psychiatrists, tantriks and saints but there was no peace in his mind. For the next five years, he lived the life of a recluse and in 1997, he went to Sharjah to seek employment In 1999, he formally embraced Islam in Sharjah and became Mohammed Mustafa.He has been ostracised by his family and the Sangh Parivar has threatened to kill him should he ever return to India.The journey to Islam and repentance has come with a heavy cost.

Sources : DNA

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