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High alert in Uttar Pradesh

Even though the Babri Masjid demolition has lost its political relevance, terrorist activities in UP have forced Mayawati Govt to sound a high alert all over the state on Dec 6 — the 15th anniversary of the demolition.

india Updated: Dec 06, 2007 04:39 IST

Even though the Babri Masjid demolition has lost its political relevance, terrorist activities in Uttar Pradesh have forced the Mayawati Government to sound a high alert all over the state on December 6 — the 15th anniversary of the demolition.

Home Secretary Mahesh Gupta said instructions had been issued to all the districts for tight security arrangements. Apart from sensitivity of the Babri demolition day on Thursday, the government has also taken tight measures because of last month’s serial blasts in Lucknow, Varanasi and Faizabad. The police have taken special precautionary measures in Ayodhya after the recent explosion in Faizabad. The Kanpur city police have also been put on high alert and implemented an anti-riot plan from Wednesday midnight. The city police and central paramilitary forces are to work according to the plan finalised at a high-level meeting on Wednesday morning to thwart any threat to city’s communal fabric on December 6.

In Varanasi, security has been tightened around sensitive areas following the Shiv Sena’s decision to observe the day as Vijay Diwas and form a human chain around the disputed Gyanwapi complex to stake their claim on it.

Security has also been strengthened in Mathura in view of a terror threat in the temple town.