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Shia Waqf Board to SC: Let Ram temple be built at disputed site, mosque can be built in Muslim-dominated area at reasonable distance
Much before the pronouncement of the Supreme Court's much-awaited verdict on Ram temple-Babri mosque matter, the Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board (UPSWB) on Tuesday filed an affidavit in the apex court that the Ram temple be built at the disputed site.

The affidavit also says that the mosque can be built in a Muslim-dominated area at a reasonable distance from Lord Shri Ram's birth place, according to media reports.

Joining the Ram mandir-Babri masjid row, the Shia Board in its filed affidavit said, "We are ready to build a Masjid in the Muslim dominated area of the contested land." The UP Shia Board has also staked a claim over the ownership of Babri mosque challenging a 1946 top court order who had already awarded the Babri Mosque's ownership to the Sunni Central Waqf Board.

Claiming the ownership of the Babri mosque in its filed affidavit, the Shia Board has made it clear that Sunni Board has no right in this case since the mosque was the property of Shia community. "And only Shia central Waqf board, UP, is entitled to negotiate and arrive at a peaceful settlement with other remaining stake holders," the affidavit said.

Filing its affidavit in the court, the Shia Board has clarified about its viewpoint over the ongoing Ayodhya matter saying that the board favours a peaceful solution and does not want any dispute in this case.

Meanwhile, a three-judge constituted bench of the Supreme Court which will be headed by Justice Dipak Misra is all set to hear petitions from August 11, challenging the verdict of the Allahabad High Court in the Ayodhya land dispute matter. Earlier, the court had also said that Ram mandir-Babri masjid is a sensitive and sentimental issue that needs to be settled through consensus.

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) among others on December 6, 1992 organised a rally in Ayodhya, involving more than one lakh volunteers (known as Kar Sevaks) where the demolition of the Babri Masjid took place after their political rally turned violent.

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