Dharma Sabha: Ayodhya turns into fortress, Muslim areas sealed

AYODHYA: In the wake of the Dharma Sabha, Muslim localities in Ayodhya were turned into a fortress for the VHP function on Sunday where prominent Hindu seers were likely to spell out their stand and strategy for construction of a grand Ram temple.

The massive rally is expected to begin at at 11 a.m. Section 144 has already been clamped and according to Times OF India, localities such as Ram Kot, Tehri Bazaar, Sutahti, Qaziyana, Dorahi Kuan and Sayyadbaara were cordoned off since early Saturday.

Earlier minorities living in Ayodhya urged the Government to ensure their security.

To avert any untoward incident, all roads leading to the residence of Muslims litigants in Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute Iqbal Ansari, Haji Mahboob, and local cleric Haji Sayyad Ekhlaq were sealed.

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Faizabad divisional commissioner Manoj Mishra said, “The security arrangements have been done to instil security among Muslim residents, some of whom were feeling scared. There is no threat of any violence. These measures will continue till the end of VHP’s Dharm Sabha.”

There are 48 companies of the provincial armed constabulary (PAC) and 15 companies of para-military forces deployed on all major roads and intersections.

Barriers have been put up on busy thoroughfares to ensure that crowd control is easy in case of any untoward incident.

Close circuit cameras have been installed at more than 150 places in the twon along with drone-mounted ones hovering over the streets to keep an eagle eye on the surging crowds.

This major event will be the largest congregation after the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992. The purpose of this meeting is to review the plans of construction of Ram Temple.

On Saturday, 17,680 people visited Ram Lalla, a number which on Friday was 49,112.