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3-tier security was in place around Babri Masjid: Anju Gupta

india Updated: Apr 29, 2010 21:14 IST
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Senior IPS officer Anju Gupta on Thursday told a Rae Bareli court that in view of a possibility of ISI threat, the Babri Masjid-Ramjanma Bhoomi complex on December 6, 1992 was placed under a three-tier security arrangement.

During cross-examination in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Gulab Singh, Gupta said the arrangements were made following an alert from the Union Home Ministry. However she denied having any information that some Pakistani terrorists in the garb of Karsewaks had entered Ayodhya with explosives to damage the structure.

Replying to questions by lawyer Har Dutt Sharma, who represented Uma Bharati and Sadhvi Rithambara in the case, the IPS officer said of several meetings to review security, she attended only one on December 5, 1992 - a day before the demolition.

The cross examination of Gupta, who is a CBI witness, was inconclusive and will continue on May 15. The defence counsel Har Datt Sharma on Thursday concentrated his cross-examination to prove that demolition was the conspiracy of ISI agents and Kashmiri militants. But Gupta denied it.

Even after cross-examination, Sharma in a press statement out of the court said that the demolition was a result of the conspiracy of the ISI and Kashmiri terrorists.

Gupta further said that the then IG AK Saran had decided that karseva will be permitted on December 6 and devotees will be allowed to have darshan amid tight security.

Gupta said that all the three tombs of the mosque were visible from the Ram Katha Kunj.

To another question whether LK Advani remained at Ram Katha Kunj up to 7.55 pm on December 6, Anju said this was the information she had received on wireless message. During the three-hour cross-examination, Gupta said she was deputed to control riots between 6 and 6.30 pm near Ramjanma Bhoomi.

Defence counsel was assisted by the Supreme Court advocate MS Ahluwalia. Advocates PK Chaube and KP Singh represented the CBI.