Uttar Pradesh government will not allow any sadhu to enter the six districts through which a rally sponsored by Vishwa Hindu Parishad is scheduled to pass.
The government had banned the “Chaurasi Kosi Parikrama” the rightwing Hindu organisation plans to undertake around the six districts – Faizabad, Bahraich, Gonda, Ambedkarnagar, Basti and Barabanki – it considers as the cultural boundary of Ayodhya.
The VHP plans to undertake the rally between August 25 and September 13, but the state government had refused to give permission for it citing Supreme Court order that calls for maintaining a status quo at the disputed Babri Masjid-Ramjanambhoomi site. The aim of the parikrama is to drum up support for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site.
Inspector general of police (law order) RK Vishwakarma and special secretary (home) Arun Kumar Mishra said adequate security measures, including sealing of boundaries of the six districts, have been taken.
Vishwakarma said saints and seers VHP plans to bring from various districts of the state or other states would not be allowed entry into the prohibited areas. He said 12 companies of paramilitary troopers are permanently deployed in the sensitive areas around the disputed sites and more personnel of Rapid Action Force, which specialises in handling communal riots, will be deployed in these districts.
The government on Monday said if the VHP persisted with its plan, the government will seal the entry points to these districts. Section 144 prohibiting gathering and assembly of more than four people is already in place in these areas.
Vishwakarma said railways and civil aviation authorities have been alerted about the government measures.
Uttar Pradesh minister of state Pawan Pandey, who represents Ayodhya assembly constituency, appealed sadhus to be wary of the “VHP machinations aimed at vitiating communal harmony in the state”. He said the VHP was trying to rake up the temple issue for electoral gains.