The main litigant in the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid case, Mahant Bhaskar Das passed away on Saturday morning at the age of 89 because of heart attack, according to a report by Hindustan Times. Das who was the sarpanch mahant (chief priest) of the Nirmohi Akhada died at the age of 89. With his death, both the chief litigants in the case from the Hindu and Muslim sides have passed away. Last year, Hashim Ansari who was the oldest litigant in the case had died at the age of 95. Even though they represented different sides, the two shared a close and cordial relationship.
As per the report by HT, Das was unwell for some time now, He was taken to the Harshan Heart Institute in Faizabad on Friday night after having severe breathing problems. However, the doctors couldn’t do much as the mahant took his last breath at around 3 am. He had first filed a claim for the Ramjanmboomi land’s ownership in 1959.
Apart from being the Nirmohi Akhada sarpanch, Das was also the mahant of the Naka Hanuman Gadhi in the temple town in Faizabad district of Uttar Pradesh. His body has been placed at the Naka Hanuman Gadhi for people to pay tributes and the mortal remains will be cremated on the banks of the Saryu river in Ayodhya.
Bhaskar had joined the Naka Hanuman Gadhi temple and began performing service at the temple and his religious studies. He had also filed a petition in the Supreme Court for ownership of the entire Ramjanmbhoom premises after the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court gave a verdict in the case on September 30, 2010.