Oldest litigant in Ayodhya case, Mahant Bhaskar, passes away

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The main litigant in the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid case, Mahant Bhaskar Das passed away on Saturday morning at the age of 89 because of heart attack, according to a report by Hindustan Times. "Mahant Bhaskar Das's death is a blow to communal harmony in Ayodhya-Faizabad twin towns", said a Muslim leader Captain Afzal Ahmad Khan.

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

Earlier, another oldest litigant of the title suit 94-year-old Hashim Ansari had died in July 2016 after prolonged illness Both Mahant Das and Ansari enjoyed good relations and both had always advocated and preferred an out of court settlement to solve the Ayodhya imbroglio.

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The main litigant in the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid case, Mahant Bhaskar Das passed away on Saturday morning at the age of 89.

Das, who staunchly pushed for the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, died of heart attack. Mahant Bhaskar Das represented Nirmohi Akhara. Mahant Bhaskar Das had moved Faizabad civil court of in 1956, claiming the Babri Masjid land was property of Nirmohi Akhara, following which, the Babri Masjid was locked and no prayers were allowed there.

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

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