The Home Ministry has sought the Supreme Court’s permission for a massive security revamp at the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya, including putting up bulletproof steel walls around the Ram Lalla idol.
This comes almost a year after the terror attack at the site in which militants had lobbed grenades at the idol. The grenades did not explode.
According to the ministry’s petition filed in the court, the idol needs an air-conditioned bulletproof steel structure (with a wooden roof) to protect it from such attacks. The steel structure will be 11x11 ft and 8-ft high. Officials said a double steel wall would come up on the rear side of the Ram Lalla idol to protect it from rocket launchers.
“To construct any structure at the disputed site, like the bulletproof steel enclosure, we need permission from the court,” said a senior ministry official. “But outside the disputed area, construction work can be carried out. So part of the security revamp has already been initiated.”
The plan includes making the watchtowers bulletproof, erecting 10 new towers, installing CCTVs and constructing high mast towers and security walls outside the disputed site.
The ministry has sanctioned Rs 7.22 crore to the UP government to execute the plan.