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Ayodhya peaceful on 22nd anniversary of Babri demolition

Nearly 10,000 security personnel have been deployed amid calls by Muslim outfits to mark the day by hoisting black flags as well as Hindu bodies seeking to commemorate it.

india Updated: Dec 06, 2014 14:47 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

No untoward incident has been reported Saturday in Ayodhya and the temple town is peaceful under tight security cover on the 22th anniversary of the demolition of Babri mosque, officials said.

Nearly 10,000 security personnel have been deployed amid calls by Muslim outfits to mark the day by hoisting black flags as well as Hindu bodies seeking to commemorate it.

Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code have been clamped in the city and mounted police will be among about 10,000 police and anti-riot personnel keeping a vigil.

The local administration has laid a three-tier security cordon around the twin cities of Ayodhya and Faizabad with officials of superintendent rank manning the key areas. Two dozens CCTV cameras have also been installed across Ayodhya.

While Hindu organisations, including the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), has said it will observe it as "day of bravery victory", Muslim organisations announced that it will be marked as a black day while appealing to the community to hoist black flags and observe a shut down.

The VHP will organise its traditional Hindu Sammelan at Karsevakpuram in the afternoon in presence of Ayodhya's prominent religious leaders and members of VHP's central committee.

Muslims marked the day as Yaum-e-Gham or Day of Sorrow and Massodyab Jilani, brother of Zafaryab Zilani, addressed the gathering on the occasion. Zafaryab is convener of the Babri Masjid Action Committee and member of the Muslim Personal Law Board.

He also visited the place of Hashim Ansari, the oldest litigant in the Ayodhya case, in the morning. Ansari had said on Wednesday he wants to withdraw from the petition in the Supreme Court.

Ansari, who is suffering from heart trouble and a hip bone fracture kept himself away from public programs to mark the day. Security has been stepped up in Ansari's house.

Samajwadi party MLA from Ayodhya Tej Narayan paid a visit to Ansari and Haji Mahboob, one of the prominent leaders of Babri Masjid movement and the Ayodhya case.

Superintendent of police of Faizabad RS Gautam told HT the area of vigilance has been expanded beyond the twin cities of Ayodhya and Faizabad to nearby sensitive towns like Rudauli, Bhadarsa and Amaniganj this year.

He added policemen are continuously searching the sensitive points like hotels, dharamshalas, guesthouses, bus and railway stations as well as other public places.

Simultaneously, shrines and temples of Ayodhya and Faizabad have been asked to maintain a visitor's register and record the names of pilgrims visiting them.

All entry points to the twin cities have been sealed and entry will be allowed only after complete security check at barriers installed at more than two dozen sensitive places, police said.

The area between Terhi Bazar to Asharfi Bhawan crossing in Ayodhya has been sealed for the day and no outsider will be allowed entry.

Many Hindus believe the site is the birthplace of Lord Ram and a giant temple dedicated to him should be built there, but Muslims want to build a mosque at the site.

The Allahabad high court said in a 2010 ruling the land be divided into three parts - one for Ram Lala, represented by the Hindu Mahasabha for the construction of a temple, another for the Sunni Waqf Board and the third for Hindu group Nirmohi Akhara.

Appeals on the case - originally filed in 1950 and then expanded over the years as more parties claimed title to the property- rest before the Supreme Court, which is yet to hear the matter.

The demolition of the mosque allegedly by Hindu activists sparked riots that spilled into the following year and have been blamed for about 2,000 deaths.

(With inputs from PTI)

First Published: Dec 06, 2014 10:54 IST