NEW DELHI (Agencies) - Demolition of the historic 16th Century Babri Masjid in Ayodhya by Hindu fanatics on December 6, 1992 was the saddest development in the history of India, Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Sunday. The 17th anniversary of the mosque demolition saw protests by the All India Babri Masjid Rebuilding Committee (AIBMRC) in Delhi on Sunday. But the passed off peacefully amid tight security with various groups demanding that recommendations of the Liberhan Commission report be implemented. Under directions from the Union Home Ministry, Uttar Pradesh and other state governments had beefed up security and Ayodhya-Faizabad area was converted into a virtual fortress. We have to take vows for not allowing the recurrence of such events, which tarnished the secular credentials of our country, in future, he told media at the end of Congress partys two-day 'chintan shibir in Krishnagar, West Bengal. Mukherjee, also the President of the West Bengal unit of the party, termed the demolition of Masjid as very unfortunate and said it was the saddest development in the history of the country. The chintan shibir was organised here to formulate strategy for the 2011 Assembly elections in the state. Staging a protest at the Jantar Mantar near the central business hub of Delhi, members of the All India Babri Masjid Rebuilding Committee (AIBMRC) demanded that the mosque be rebuilt on the disputed site of Ayodhya They also submitted a memorandum to President Pratibha Patil to put behind bars those named by the Liberhan Commission report. The AIBMRC and the Popular Front of India, a confederation of Muslim groups, demanded legal action against those indicted by the commission and scrapping of the recognition of the BJP by the EC. The All India Babri Masjid Action Committee held special prayers for peace and harmony. Rashtrawadi Sena chief Jai Bhagwan Goyal was one of the 68 people mentioned in the report of the Commission, which probed the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition, as culpable for leading the country to the brink of communal discord. The report, which was tabled in Parliament on November 24, has indicted members of the Sangh Parivar for demolition of the mosque. The vandalism and destruction had led to communal riots across the country. The Samajwadi Party marked the day as Kala Diwas (black day). In Ayodhya, Central forces along with 500 personnel of PAC, 200 jawans of the Rapid Action Force, bomb detection squads and anti-sabotage teams were deployed. CCTV cameras were in operation at the disputed site with the authorities banning public gatherings and security forces keeping a close vigil on the Saryu river here, officials said. There was no untoward incident here, they said.