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Masjid site not for sale: BMCC

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, DEC. 19. The Babri Masjid Coordination Committee has rejected the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's formula, suggesting payment of compensation to Muslims for acquiring the disputed site at Ayodhya. ``The disputed land, including the Babri Masjid site, is not for sale at any price,'' said Syed Shabuddin, its convener.

In a hard-hitting statement today, Mr. Shabuddin said: ``Any construction activity for the proposed `mandir' anywhere in the disputed area, whether outside the Babri Masjid site or otherwise, will be unlawful so long as the site plan subsumes the Babri Masjid and covers any part of the disputed area.''

The Centre could not release or gift any part of the acquired land against the existing status quo order of the Supreme Court, and before the special bench of the Allahabad High Court delivered its judgment in the suit on the title of the disputed land, which included the masjid site.

Mr. Shabuddin called on the VHP trust to revise the site plan for the `mandir' to exclude the disputed land, particularly the masjid site.

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