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'Involve NGOs in security of religious complexes'

Aslam has requested the court to involve NGOs in protectiing sensitive religious structures, reports Satya Prakash.

india Updated: Jan 31, 2007 00:03 IST

Aslam alias Bhure, known for his interventions in the Ayodhya case, has requested the Supreme Court to involve NGOs to assist the security agencies in the security of sensitive religious complexes like Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid, Krishna Janmabhoomi-Shahi Idgah, and Vishwanath Temple-Gyanvapi Masjid at Ayodhya, Mathura and Varanasi respectively.

In an affidavit filed through counsel MM Kashyap, Bhure said that involvement of social activists and NGOs to help the security agencies at the time of festivals like Janmashtami, Shiv Ratri and Eid would help in detecting “wrong persons” entering into these religious places.

Besides, he urged the court to increase deployment of security personnel and conduct at least three-time manual and electronic checking of the devotees visiting the shrines.

Bhure suggested similar measures for the security of Taj Mahal at Agra.
The affidavit has been filed in response to the Centre’s plea for permission to instal a bullet-proof structure around the idol of ‘Ram Lalla’ at the disputed site at Ayodhya to strengthen its security.

However, Bhure termed the UPA Government’s move as politically motivated and timed to gain mileage in the coming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
He pointed out that the Centre sought permission for bullet-proofing of the make-shift temple despite knowing fully well that there was a stay order passed by the Supreme Court in this regard.

Terming it as the Centre’s “dubious policy”, Bhure said it was a calculated move to woo the Hindu community in the UP assembly polls.

Having moved the Supreme Court for bullet-proofing of the make-shift temple at Ayodhya in May last yeat, the Centre has thrice sought time from the court to evolve a consensus on its plan.

It had told the court in November last that it was in talks with Uttar Pradesh Government and other parties to arrive at a consensus on the issue.

Interestingly, while moving the court for permission to implement the security plan necessitated by the threat posed by terrorists, the Centre had said that the decision was taken after discussions with the UP Government and various intelligence agencies.

The court’s permission for carrying out any construction in the disputed complex was needed in view of its earlier order to maintain status quo there.

With the Centre seeking more time, the plan, including installation of close circuit television and construction of concrete bunkers at the disputed site, seems to have been put on the backburner at least till the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

Various Muslim groups have been opposing the Centre’s move on the ground that the proposed over Rs 2.89 crore civil work, would convert the makeshift temple into a "confirmed Ram temple" even before the final decision of title suits by Allahabad High Court's Lucknow bench.

Bhure has sought to restrain the Centre from going ahead with its plan, which included wooden roof with bullet-proof steel structure on four sides of ‘Ram Lalla’ and internal walls, as it would violate the status quo orders passed by the apex court in 1993, 1994 and 2003.

Email Satya Prakash: satya.prakash@hindustantimes.com