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High security in Ayodhya for Ram Navmi Mela

The main function of the Mela, which began on March 30, will be held during the Ram Navmi celebrations on April 7

india Updated: Apr 02, 2006 16:45 IST

Rapid Action Force and armed police have been deployed around important temples including the makeshift Ramjanambhoomi temple in Ayodhya and security arrangements beefed up to ensure safety of pilgrims during the ongoing Ram Navmi Mela.

The RAF was posted at Hanumangarh temple, Kanak Bhawan, Nagleshwar Nath Shiva temple and the acquired land complex while PAC and police were manning sensitive points such as the railway station and main bus stand, police said on Sunday.

The bomb disposal unit of the anti-riot paramilitary outfit and sniffer dog squads were deployed in the Mela area for security and maintenance of law and order, they said.

Armed police had been posted at important bathing ghats like Naya Ghat, Jhumki Ghat and Lakshman Ghat where a large number at pilgrims take holy dips before offering prayers at temples.

The main function of the Mela, which began on March 30, will be held during the Ram Navmi celebrations on April 7.

Security check posts were set up at entry points in Bandha Tiraha on the national highway, Vidhyakund, Amaniganj and Saket PG College on Faizabad-Ayodhya road.

Heavy vehicles were being diverted through alternate routes on Lucknow-Faizabad, Faizabad-Azamgarh, Faizabad-Allahabad and Gorakhpur and Bahraich roads.

From April 5 to 7, no vehicle would be permitted to enter the temple town and "intensive checking" of incoming vehicles was being done as a precautionary measure, they said.

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