Lucknow: 96-year-old Hashim Ansari, the oldest litigant in the Babri Masjid-Ramjanam Bhoomi case, died on Wednesday morning. Ansari had been suffering from serious health issues and was hospitalised to the King George Medical University (KGMU) in Lucknow.

Ansari had been complaining about chest pains and breathing problems after which he was hospitalised. Ansari had always expressed unhappiness over the politicisation of the Babri Masjid issue.

Last year, after the death of Vishwa Hindu Parisahd (VHP) leader, Ashok Singhal, Ansari condoled his death and reportedly said that, Singhal’s death was the greatest loss for Ram Mandir movement.    

Ashok Singhal had played a very important role to gather people for Kar-Sewa during the 90’s. On December 6, 1992, a large group of ‘Hindu Kar Sevaks’ demolished the Babri Masjid.

Ansari had been fighting the case in favour of the Babri mosque since 1949.

Ansari opposed to the bringing down of the disputed structure by ‘Hindu Kar Sevaks’ on December 6, 1992, and his house was also gutted in the riots that followed the demolition.

His friendship with other Hindu litigants in the case – Ram Keval Das and Ram Chandra Paramhans of the Digambar Akhada, was very strong despite sharp difference of opinions.

He had recently slammed Uttar Pradesh Minority Affairs Minister Azam Khan, accusing him of cheating Muslims.

(With Agency inputs)