The push for Ram Mandir in Ayodhya has now reached a crescendo with the Vishva Hindu Parishad’s call for a Dharam Sabha On November 25. As a result a day before the proposed Dharam Sabha, Ayodhya , has according to media reports, has virtually turned into fortress with multiple layers of security and deployment of drones to keep an eye on possible mischief- mongers.
A UP Police spokesperson said one additional DGP, one deputy inspector general (DIG), three senior superintendents of police (SSPs), 10 additional SPs, 21 deputy SPs, 160 inspectors, 700 constables, 42 companies of PAC, five companies of RAF, ATS commandos and drones were deployed .
Despite a slight chill in the air, the temple town seems to be reeling under the political heat generated by the ‘Dharam Sabha’, being held to call for the construction of a grand temple for Lord Ram.
A pamphlet recently released by the VHP raises the pitch for its construction. It reads “Saugandh Ram ki khaate hai, hum mandir bhavya banayenge (We pledge in the name of Lord Ram that we will build a grand temple for him)” and urges devotees to be a part of the movement.
According to a PTI report, Ayodhya mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay maintained that adequate security arrangements were made by the police and district administration in the town, located 120 km from state capital, Lucknow.
“As many as 13 parking slots have been provided for the event. No permission was given to the Shiv Sena by the government to hold a rally,” the mayor said.