Ayodhya on alert for VHP, Shiv Sena events; 1 lakh people expected to attend
Nearly 4000 Sainiks arrived in Ayodhya ahead of their Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s visit.Updated: Nov 24, 2018, 16:51 IST
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray reached Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya on Saturday for a two-day visit even as people continued to stream in for a Dharam Sabha or religious meeting called on Sunday by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, both events meant to push for the construction of Ram temple.
Hundreds of policemen have been deployed at the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Majid site and prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC have been imposed. Devotees are being allowed darshan at the makeshift temple there in small batches, a senior officer said.
The Uttar Pradesh Police has sounded a statewide alert, fearing disruption to law and order during the VHP’s Dharam Sabha on Sunday, when more than one lakh people are expected to converge in the town. This is expected to be the largest gathering in the town since 1992, when thousands of Kar Sevaks had uprooted barricades and razed the 16th century Babri Masjid on December 6 that year.
People have started coming in for the VHP’s Dharam Sabha, which will be held at the sprawling Bade Bhakt Mahal ground. Every dharamshala in the city is full to capacity and hotels are all booked.