Ayodhya/New Delhi, Dec 6 (UNI) The 15th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition passed off without any untoward incident today amid tight security measures put in place across the nation.
The issue also rocked both Houses of Parliament with Samajwadi Party members demanding punishment to those guilty of demolishing the structure at Ayodhya, disrupting normal business and forcing their early adjournment.
A high alert was sounded in the national capital in the wake of the Intelligence Bureau warning that some people entered Delhi on Tuesday suspectedly with an intention to carry out terror attacks in the city. Two Shiv Sena activists were also injured in a police lathicharge following their clash with All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarrat (AIMMM) activists in Delhi.
Five live bombs found at the Rae Bareli civil court hearing the Ayodhya case on the demolition of the disputed structure sent the Uttar Pradesh security apparatus in a tizzy.
Elsewhere in Uttar Pradesh, police detained over 70 'suspicious' persons in Sultanpur district even as several Hindu and Muslim organisations held programmes to mark the day.
In Ayodhya, as many as 17 members of Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Mahasabha were arrested after they went for a 'parikrama' in the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi campus.
The district administration had already imposed Prohibitory orders in the twin cities of Ayodhya-Faizabad.
In the state capital and elsewhere, while Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and its affiliated organisations observed the day as 'Shaurya Diwas' (Day of chivalry), Muslim organisations, including the All-India Babri Masjid Action Committee (AIBMAC) marked the day as 'Yaum-e-gham' (Day of sorrow).
Muslims closed their shops in the twin cities to express sorrow on the day.
In Varanasi, 35 Shiv Sainiks were arrested from the sensitive Gyanvyapi area for attempting to make a human chain.
Raza Academy, All India Sunni Jamaitulama, Sunni Tablighi Jammat and various other Muslim orgnisations organised a mass programme of saying Azaan at four prominent Mosques in the Mumbai to observe the anniversary of demolition of the ancient structure. In Chennai, thousands of activists of Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK) courted arrest when they attempted to lay siege to the Court complexes across the state demanding early pronouncement of the verdict in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
Various Muslim outfits organised demonstrations and fasts to mark the 15th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition and police made elaborate security arrangements across the state to prevent any untoward incident.
'Shadow police teams,' in mufti were deployed in the sensitive city of Hyderabad to follow the movements of 'anti-social elements' as part of the stringent security measures to prevent violent incidents on the occasion.
Amid tight security, situation remained peaceful and no untoward incident was reported today from any part of Madhya Pradesh. Tight vigil was kept at all sensitive spots and security arrangements were beefed up across the state, Inspector General of Police (Law and order) R K Shukla said.
Tight security measures were also taken across Kerala, especially around Sabarimala Ayyappa temple and Guruvayur Sree Krishna temple.
No untoward incident was reported from any region of the Union Territory of Puducherry.
According to police, passengers at railway stations and bus bays were frisked and similar security drills were adopted at places of worship too.