Mohammad Hashim Ansari, who was the oldest litigant in the ‘Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid’ suit, died on July 20 due to heart-related ailments. He was 95.
The Babri Mosque dispute has been going on since December 1949, when Ansari witnessed the idols of Ram Lalla being placed at the Babri Masjid site on December 22, 1949.
Following which Ansari, along with six others, became the main plaintiff in the case filed by the Sunni Central Waqf Board in 1961.
Ansari was also the first person to file a suit in the matter and had taken the case up with Faizabad civil court.
Despite his sharp differences with other litigants – Ram Keval Das and Ram Chandra Paramhans of the Digambar Akhada – they were known to share a strong friendship.
Hashim AnsariWith members of All India Akhara Parishad. Thelka
He had even said that if he won the case, he won’t build the Masjid till Hindu majority had agreed to it.
With Ansari’s death, an era in Ayodhya dispute seems to have come to an end, as he was the last remaining survivor of the six original plaintiffs in the Babri Masjid case.