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Ayodhya security may generate heat

india Updated: Jul 05, 2006 01:35 IST
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AIMPLB to call emergency meeting of sub-committee

THE UNION Home Ministry’s security plan for the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid complex in Ayodhya is likely to snowball into a major political controversy. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), which will oppose the plan in the Supreme Court, has also decided to summon an emergency meeting of the board’s sub-committee on the Babri Masjid to chalk out an action plan. The date is yet to be finalised.

AIMPLB member and Naib Imam Eidgah Maulana Khalid Rashid said here today that the issue would come up for thorough discussion at the general body meeting in Chennai from August 25 to 27. But before that, the sub-committee would take up the matter to decide the legal course of action, Rashid said.

Though it was purely a security plan jointly prepared by the Central and State Governments, political motives have already been attributed to it. With the “who-prepared-it” question doing the rounds in the board, moves are afoot to blame both the Mulayam Singh Yadav and the Congress-led UPA Governments for the plan, which envisages a steel structure. According to the board, it was in violation of the court order. “Putting up an air-conditioned steel structure cannot be called temporary,” Rashid said and added, “we will oppose it at all forums.”

With assembly elections looming large over the state, the security plan would provide both pro-and anti-temple lobbies in the State with fodder. In view of the AIMPLB deciding to contest the plan in the apex court, its implementation could also be inordinately delayed. A senior IPS officer, who was involved in drawing up the plan, told Hindustan Times that the entire scheme was prepared by the State police and was approved by the Union Home Ministry at its meeting in October 2005.

Ayodhya’s security is the joint responsibility of the Central and the State Governments. The permanent security committee, headed by UP additional director general (Security), consists of the IG CRPF and the joint director, Intelligence Bureau. The Union Home Ministry, in its application to the apex court, seeking permission for implementation of the plan has pointed out “according to the IB, the threat perception for this complex continues to be on the higher side and, therefore, there is a need to strengthen security measures further.”