VHP might carry on Ayodhya Yatra despite ban, security beefed up

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Security beefed up for Ayodhya
Ayodhya, Sept 12: Security has been stepped up in the temple city of Ayodhya and the neighbouring Faizabad town after Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) announced a 300 km parikrama.

VHP members made it clear that the yatra will happen on Thursday in spite of the ban by the Uttar Pradesh government. Police forces took out a flag march on Wednesday to demonstrate their presence. Additional paramilitary forces have been deployed.

Some of the six districts that have imposed section 144 prohibiting public gatherings fall in the yatra route.

The Akhilesh Yadav government had banned the VHP yatra, which was to have started on August 25, saying it would disturb communal harmony in the state.

And now the administration will seal the entry points to the two districts and deploy additional forces from Thursday to prevent the sants and Vishwa Hindu Parishad activists from entering Makhauda in Basti and Ayodhya.

The sants have announced to address a public meeting to mark the end of yatra that was started symbolically on August 25 for the demand of construction of Ram Temple at the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya.

Nearly 700 additional constables from different districts reached Faizabad on Wednesday while additional Deputy SPs and inspectors would be put on duty from Thursday onwards. Four companies of CRPF have already been deployed in Ayodhya.

The administration has prepared a list of VHP and BJP leaders who are actively preparing for the concluding ceremony of the yatra and preventive arrests will be made

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