The January 25 notice by the district administration mentioned 86 hectares and 259 landowners in the Yadav-dominated gram sabha, giving them 15 days to register objections. Officials said they had received close to 200 complaints, and the process to address them had started.
A section, mostly the youth, question the need for a new mosque at a place which already has mosques. But others say it is connected to their faith, and that while they know the new mosque cannot be built at the site where the Babri Masjid stood once, the decision should be welcomed.
While Bachchan died at the spot, his cousin was shot in the arm, police said. The armed men tried to snatch mobile phones from the two, according to the police, but the motive behind the shooting is being looked into.
People in the crowd said Subhash, a murder convict, was a “psychopath capable of doing anything”. “It won’t come as a surprise if he set up bombs that can blow up anytime to create chaos even after his death,” said a villager standing outside the cordoned-off house.
A special court in Kanpur Dehat that was supposed to pronounce the verdict in the Behmai massacre case, in which 20 people were killed allegedly by Phoolan Devi’s gang in 1981, recently postponed the matter after a complainant advocate said the case diary was missing