Mishra’s family members, lawyers and VHP and BJP workers staged a protest, demanding arrest of the culprits, a job for the wife of the deceased and a compensation of Rs 25 lakh. The protest was called after senior officials promised them of taking action in the case.
“Since yesterday 12 rallies were held in Kolkata. Big rallies were taken out in Serampore, Rampurhat, Islampur, Bankura, Garbeta, Khatra and several other places. We have seen the participation of 50,000 to 60,000 people in each rally,” said VHP spokesperson Sourish Mukherjee.
While VHP claimed that Togadia’s supporters tried to take possession of their headquarters — Dr Vanikar Smarak Bhavan — forcibly and illegally, AHP alleged that VHP members tried to evict them from the building.
The government, Joshi said, “should take steps to enact a law as per the wishes of sants and Ram bhakts... No other alternative can be imagined... We are not begging, we are expressing our sentiment. We are sure that those who are in government today will understand this and take positive steps”.
Bhagwat added that the time for “patience” was over. “About one year ago, I had said dhairya rakho. Today I say let’s create public awareness, andolan nirnayak ho (what’s needed is a decisive struggle). We have to take up the task of organising whole Hindu society for it.”
"They will also be held responsible if for their negligence or collusion any effort is made to change the status quo of any portion of the entire acquired area of the disputed site in Ayodhya,” stated the letter.
VHP president of Ram Nagar, Himanshu Agarwal said, "The people treat the temple premises as a picnic spot. Couples can be seen basking in the river that flows through the temple. Our demand has been that this shouldn't be allowed near a temple."
Claiming that the time for the construction of Ram temple was drawing closer, VHP’s new working president Alok Kumar said, “Either the court will decide... Otherwise, if felt needed, will get a law made for this purpose.”