Tight security in Ayodhya for 23rd Babri Masjid anniversary

  • Sachchidanand Shukla, Hindustan Times, Ayodhya
  • Updated: Dec 05, 2015 19:06 IST
Paramilitary forces conduct a route march in the twin cities of Faizabad and Ayodhya on Friday. The district administration is on high alert as the 23rd anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition approaches on December 6. (HT Photo)

The district administration is on its toes to ensure peace and harmony in the temple town and adjoining Faizabad, on December 6, the 23rd anniversary of Babri Mosque demolition. Vigil has also been increased in surrounding areas this year, especially in Rudauli and Bhadarsa.

Para-military forces along with the PAC and local police staged a route march on the main streets of the twin cities on Friday evening. The route march was led by DM Faizabad Anil Dhingra and SSP Faizabad Mohit Gupta.

The DM and SSP also convened a meeting with the local people of both communities, requesting them to stay away from rumours on social media and ensure a peaceful atmosphere on December 6.

SP city Faizabad RS Gautam told HT that Ayodhya-Faizabad were divided into 4 zones, 7 sectors and 21 sub-sectors for strict security on December 6. Thirty-five magistrates would coordinate with the movement of police forces in the twin cities to ensure law and order.

He said heavy police force had been deployed and at 12 important entry points to Ayodhya, barriers had been installed for thorough checking of vehicles and visitors, he added.

Sensitive points like hotels, dharamshalas, guesthouses, bus stations, railway stations and other public places were on the police radar.

Simultaneously, shrines and temples had been told to maintain visitor’s register and enter the name of every pilgrim from outside.

Police and paramilitary troopers conduct a route march in Ayodhya. (HT Photo)

In Ayodhya, the area between Terhi Bazar crossing to Asharfi Bhawan crossing will be sealed and no outsider will be permitted here except the local residents.

Meanwhile, VHP state spokesperson Sharad Sharma said the VHP would commemorate the day as ‘Shaurya Diwas’ and hold ‘Hindu Swabhiman Sammelan’ at Karsevakpuram in which prominent seers like Mahanta Nritya Gopal Das (president Ram Janam Bhumi Nyas), Mahanta Karunanidhannsharan (of Siyaram Kila, Jhunki Ghat, Ayodhya) and others would be present.

State spokesperson of Hindu Mahasabha Manish Pandey has announced to commemorate the day as ‘Mandir Nirman Sankalp Diwas’.

However, the other community will observe ‘Yaume Gam’, at the residence of Haji Mahboob, a prominent leader of Babari Masjid movement.

The local unit of the Indian Union Muslim League has decided to stage a ‘dharna’ at Eidgah, Faizabad and register a symbolic protest on December 6.

Muslim Majlis has already appealed to Muslim merchants to close their establishments and commemorate the day as Black Day

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