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Ayodhya tense as govt clamps down on Sena

IN AN early morning crackdown on Saturday, the Uttar Pradesh police arrested over 1,000 Shiv Sena activists who were planning to hold demonstrations in Ayodhya. The crackdown is part of the state government's efforts to step up security in Ayodhya ahead of the VHP's scheduled demonstration on October 17. The VHP is planning a Rambhakt sammelan in Ayodhya as part of its stepped-up temple campaign. Activists from all over the country plan to gather in Lucknow on October 15 and then proceed to Ayodhya in a massive show of support for a Ram temple at Ayodhya.

india Updated: Oct 12, 2003 00:43 IST

IN AN early morning crackdown on Saturday, the Uttar Pradesh police arrested over 1,000 Shiv Sena activists who were planning to hold demonstrations in Ayodhya.

The crackdown is part of the state government's efforts to step up security in Ayodhya ahead of the VHP's scheduled demonstration on October 17.

The VHP is planning a Rambhakt sammelan in Ayodhya as part of its stepped-up temple campaign. Activists from all over the country plan to gather in Lucknow on October 15 and then proceed to Ayodhya in a massive show of support for a Ram temple at Ayodhya.

The state government had assured the court on Friday that it would abide by the instructions of the Supreme Court and High Court on maintaining law and order in Ayodhya.

With the VHP defiant on going ahead with its programme, a showdown between the outfit and the administration cannot be ruled out, official sources in Ayodhya on Saturday.

"Our programme stands," VHP media in-charge Sharad Sharma said, warning any attempt to crackdown on the demonstration "may charge the atmosphere". The programme would be peaceful, but the situation could change if the administration tried to act "tough", he said. Sharma said the Shiv Sena activists, who were arrested in Ayodhya on Saturday, were also 'Ram Bhaktas' and the crackdown was unjustified.

Apart from the state police, over 100 companies of central security forces have been deployed in the twin cities of Faizabad and Ayodhya. Lucknow IG V.N. Rai, an expert in crowd management, has been camping in the town. The first batch of 30 VHP activists, who reached Ayodhya by Sabarmati Express on Saturday morning, was taken into custody.

The government has also asked railway authorities to divert trains to prevent VHP activists from reaching Ayodhya. The police have chalked out plans to seal all roads leading to Ayodhya.

ADG Bua Singh told Hindustan Times that prohibitory orders had been imposed in Ayodhya. "We have clear directives…we'll have no problems controlling the situation." He said the VHP hadn't sought permission for its rally in Ayodhya.