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Home / India News / Ahead of VHP’s Dharma Sabha, Muslims in Ayodhya worry about safety, repercussions

Ahead of VHP’s Dharma Sabha, Muslims in Ayodhya worry about safety, repercussions

Iqbal Ansari, one of the petitioners in the case relating to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, recently expressed concern over the security of his family members and the rest of the Muslim community in Ayodhya because of the congregation of a large number of people for the VHP’s event.

india Updated: Nov 24, 2018, 07:01 IST
Pawan Dixit
Pawan Dixit
Hindustan Times, Ayodhya
Shiv Sena activists board a train for Ayodhya to attend Vishwa Hindu Parishad Dharma Sabha on Nov 25, at Thane Railway Station, Thursday, Nov 22, 2018.
Shiv Sena activists board a train for Ayodhya to attend Vishwa Hindu Parishad Dharma Sabha on Nov 25, at Thane Railway Station, Thursday, Nov 22, 2018.(PTI Photo)

Muslims in Ayodhya are apprehensive about their safety and security after the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) claimed it would mobilise over 200,000 people to attend the Dharma Sabha it is organising in the city on Sunday for the construction of a Ram temple on a disputed site .

In Muslim neighbourhoods of Ayodhya, the only topic of discussion on Friday was the Dharma Sabha and its repercussions, if any, for the holy city.

“The government has assured us security. A large number of paramilitary personnel, along with local police, have been deployed. But we are still worried about our safety,” said Arshad Alam, 32, of Alamganj Katra, a Muslim locality. He is hoping the event will be peaceful.

The VHP is at the forefront of the campaign for a Ram temple to be built on the site of the 16th century Babri masjid that was destroyed by mobs in December 1992. The organisation says the site marks the birthplace of the Hindu warrior-god.

Iqbal Ansari, one of the petitioners in the case relating to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, recently expressed concern over the security of his family members and the rest of the Muslim community in Ayodhya because of the congregation of a large number of people for the VHP’s event. “The Muslim community in Ayodhya is worried about its safety and security. We hope that any untoward incident does not take place in Ayodhya,” said Ansari. “The state government and the local administration has also assured us full security. I hope everything passes off peacefully,” he said.

Abdul Khalid, 48, of Mughalpura Colony, said: “I hope that the situation does not spiral out on control on Sunday,” said Khalid.

The Shiv Sena’s ‘Ashirwad Sammelan’ on Saturday, in which party chief Uddhav Thackeray will take part, has also added to the anxiety of the Muslims, who are preparing to stay indoors for the next two days.

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