Even as temple of Ayodhya is on boil with Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) adamant on taking out chaurasi (84) kos yatra the focus has now shifted to Mathura located 411 km west of Lucknow.
Fearing that the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) volunteers might try to rake up Krishna janambhoomi issue during Janamasthami- the birthday celebration of Lord Krishna the state government on Monday started mobilizing police force for deployment in Mathura and adjoining areas.
Janamasthami will be celebrated on Wednesday (August 28) all over Uttar Pradesh. The main function is organized at Mathura- the birthplace of Krishna. When asked if the district administration will stop the VHP volunteers from entering Mathura, a home department officer said, "We are assessing the situation and input about the activities of the VHP activists from the local intelligence units. The decision on regulating the movement of the pilgrims in Mathura has been left to district administration."
IG (Law and Order) RK Vishwakarma said 8 companies Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC), 200 constables, 30 sub inspectors, 5 inspectors, 5 deputy superintendent of police and one additional superintendent of police rank officer have been sent to Mathura to assist the district administration in maintaining law and order.
Talking to HT the spokesperson of VHP Sharad Sharma said the traditional 'abhisek' programme would be organized at Mathura on Wednesday under the leadership of the senior VHP leader and chairman of Krishna Janambhoomi Trust Nirtya Gopal Das. The programme would be organized in Krishna Janambhoomi temple. Large number of VHP volunteers and members of Trust would also participate in the programme. Nirtya Gopal Das was detained at Ayodhya on Sunday and released later.
Vishwakarma said, "Mathura region is sensitive and the district administration has been put on alert. If required additional police force would be reinforced from the neighbouring districts."
The crackdown on VHP volunteers continued on Monday too and 200 activists were taken into custody taking the total number of arrest to 2500. The VHP organized demonstration in various districts and handed over memorandum to the district magistrates in protest against the ban imposed on the chaurasi kos yatra.
Secretary home, Sarvesh Mishra said the ban on the chaurasi kos yatra continues and there was no relaxation in the security arrangement. The district magistrates of all the 75 districts are on alert and monitoring the activities of the VHP volunteers. The three ring security arrangement made by the state government for the implementation of the ban on yatra would continue till VHP calls off the yatra.
The vehicles moving on Lucknow-Faizabad, Lucknow-Gonda and Gorakhpur-Basti highways were stopped at the barriers erected by the police. The people traveling on this routes were frisked by the cops.