Accept verdict, do not appeal to SC, advise leaders and people

While some refused to comment on the verdict, others, from both Hindu and Muslim communities, expressed happiness by distributing sweets among each other.

JD(S) leader B M Mubarak said he was happy with the verdict over such an important issue.

“The Court took a decision respecting all equally. They have even decided to maintain status quo in the place for three months. It is an excellent measure that they have taken towards maintaining peace and preventing communal riots in the region,” he said.

Neutral decision

So far, all verdicts were in favour of one religion or the other. In contrast, this verdict respects both communities. The measure should be accepted in good spirit. “However, if an appeal is made in the Supreme Court, things might change,” said socialist Dr Ha Somashekhar.

Ratnamma, of the Human Rights District Centre agreed. “It is good that the place called as Ramjanmabhoomi is clearly demarcated. The verdict will bring in both satisfaction and dissatisfaction. If the displeasure is controlled, it will be good. But if it is taken to a higher authority, there might be a sour feeling among the people,” she said.

A controversial plot of land has been freed. Years of trouble and fight has been ended, said N R Chandrashekhar, a farmer from Nenamanahalli in the taluk.

“Care was taken not to hurt the feelings of any religion. Therefore the decision should be welcomed. Religion should not be mixed with politics. It is also unnecessary to appeal to a higher court,” felt CPI(M) leader Gandhinagar Narayanaswamy.

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