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Bullet-proof cover for Ram Lalla

RAM LALLA would now have a bullet-proof cover. The Centre has sent the needed funds for a bullet-proof glass cover (of nearly 6 feet x 6 feet) around the Ram Lalla?s idol in the sanctum sanctorum in the Ram Janmbhoomi complex area.

india Updated: Mar 22, 2006 01:01 IST

RAM LALLA would now have a bullet-proof cover.

The Centre has sent the needed funds for a bullet-proof glass cover (of nearly 6 feet x 6 feet) around the Ram Lalla’s idol in the sanctum sanctorum in the Ram Janmbhoomi complex area.

As any addition or alteration at the sanctum sanctorum would need prior approval of the Supreme Court, a high level meeting presided over by principal secretary, Home, Alok Sinha was held here today to discuss the issue. Now Commissioner, Faizabad division, Arun Sinha, who happens to be the receiver of the Ram Janmbhoomi complex, would approach the Union Home Ministry urging it to move the Supreme Court to grant necessary permission to carry out the bulletproofing and other works. Besides Arun Sinha, other senior officers of the State Government also attended the meeting. According to sources the State Government does not want to get directly involved in the issue because of its ‘very sensitive nature’. So it will request the Centre to move the Supreme Court to enable the security agencies to begin the work.

According to sources besides Arun Sinha, the State Government has also received a copy of the Union joint secretary, Home, letter on March 10 sanctioning a sum of about Rs 1 crore for bulletproofing and additional security gadgets. An additional sum of Rs 7 crore has also been sanctioned to carry out civil works there.

As per the revised security plan sanctioned by the Centre on October 5, 2005, prepared on the basis of recommendations made by security committee headed by ADG, Security, a digital mapping of the Ram Janmbhoomi area would be carried out. The area around the Sita Ki Rasoi is likely to be completely isolated by putting up additional barricades there. Out of five entry and exit points, three would be closed. A 48-line intercom system is also being installed while bulletproof vehicles etc. will be bought. Other proposals in the revised security plan include installation of CCTVs, putting up new barricades at approach roads and shifting of generator room from where three of the five terrorists had reportedly entered the complex last year.

Significantly, in accordance with the revised security plan, the four watchtowers around the sanctum sanctorum have been already handed over to the CRPF. So far the PAC was manning the four watchtowers. A decision to handover the watchtowers to the CRPF was taken as the central force was already manning the security around the sanctum sanctorum.

First Published: Mar 22, 2006 01:01 IST