The Faizabad district administration has stepped up efforts to maintain law and order ahead of the verdict by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on the disputed ownership of the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi structure on September 24 by putting curbs on activities of persons involved in the title suits.
Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas (a contesting party in the dispute) member Ram Vilas Das Vedanti, Vishwa Hindu Parishad
media cell head Sharad Sharma and 204 persons of the twin cities of Ayodhya and Faizabad have been served notices to submit affidavits in the district court that they won’t disturb peace. Babri Masjid supporter Sadique Ali too has been served a similar notice.
Ayodhya Resident Magistrate Nagendra Sharma confirmed the development and Faizabad Senior Superintendent of Police R.K.S. Rathore said it was a preventive step by the administration to maintain law and order.
Talking to HT, Sharad Sharma said his organisation was engaged in the ‘Hanuman Shakti Jagran’ (staying awake at night to pay obeisance to Lord Hanuman) campaign and was keen on peace and harmony.
The district administration has also deployed security personnel at every sensitive point in Ayodhya and Faizabad.
However, number of pilgrims visiting Ayodhya has dropped considerably. Just 3,700 pilgrims visited the site on Saturday, sources at the Ram Janmabhoomi control room said, while the usual number was 10,000 daily.