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Stringent security across UP ahead of demolition anniversary

Written by: Staff
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Lucknow, Dec 5 (UNI) Security has been stepped up across Uttar Pradesh, particularly religious towns of Ayodhya, Varanasi and Mathura on the eve of the 14th anniversary of the demolition of the disputed structure at Ayodhya.

While, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) will celebrate the day as 'Shaurya Diwas', Muslim organisations will observe the anniversary as 'Kala Diwas' (black day) and pray for the reconstruction of the demolished structure.

Security has been tightened at the sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi temple at Ayodhya, Krishan Janmabhoomi and Shahi Idgah Masjid Complex in Mathura, the Kashi Vishwanath and Gyanvapi Mosque Complex in Varanasi besides the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

The Faizabad district borders will be sealed from midnight tonight to keep mischief mongers from outside at bay. Prohibitory orders would remain in force till December 10.

All meetings, conferences and speeches have been banned within the 1,500 radius of the makeshift temple 'Ramlala'.

Any vehicle would be allowed entry into the district only after thorough checking at the barriers, especially erected for the purpose.

About Rs 3.5 crore is being spent on fortifying the security net around the Ram Janmabhoomi complex.

According to sources, old watch-towers will be renovated and concrete roads laid in the complex for better policing and security.

A total of 40 posts have been constructed in the yellow and red zones of the security ring, which are surrounded with iron barricades.

Meanwhile in New Delhi, Culture and Tourism Minister Ambika Soni said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha that the Centre had selected 11 monuments and places of religious importance for providing special security.

She said the Home Ministry had made a budgetary provision of Rs 24.91 crore for the security of these monuments.

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