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300 Shiv Sainiks held in Ayodhya

Faizabad, October 10
Prohibitory orders under Section 144 have been imposed in the district, including Ayodhya, till October 31 ahead of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s proposed Ayodhya march, even as state president of the Shiv Sena Vijay Tiwari and 300 others were arrested today for causing “breach of peace”.

The Shiv Sainiks were arrested in Ayodhya for shouting slogans demanding permission to hold a meeting in Ram Katha park tomorrow, which was refused by the district administration following imposition of prohibitory orders.

Stating that the Shiv Sena was determined to defy the prohibitory orders, Mr Tiwari vowed “we will hold a meeting, come what may, and a decision in this regard would be taken up by the evening.”

Entry of people is not being allowed inside Ayodhya without checking and identification, and carrying of arms, explosives, sticks and tridents have been banned, District Magistrate Deepak Kumar said.

He said nobody would be allowed to move around in the security zones except through specific routes.

Meanwhile, a report from Lucknow said the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had moved an application before the special Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court hearing the Ram Janmabhoomi title suit seeking permission to make minor amendments in its excavation report filed on August 22.

In an application moved before a three-member Bench comprising Mr Justice S.R. Alam, Mr Justice Bhawar Singh and Mr Justice Khem Karan, the ASI said it had mentioned in the report that a statue of ‘divine couple’ was found in trenches k-3 and k-4, though actually it was discovered from the trenches f-3 and f-4.

The ASI called this a “printing mistake” and sought to correct this.

Meanwhile, the court granted four weeks’ time to the parties concerned to file objections, if they have any, on the objections filed by the Central Sunni Waqf Board (CSWB) on the ASI’s excavation report.

New Delhi: It will be the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s show of strength in Ayodhya, when people from over one lakh villages in the country will descend in this north Indian town to offer puja at the disputed site later this month.

“The number of people arriving in Ayodhya for puja and darshan on October 18 would be thrice the number of persons descended on this town in 1992,” asserted the VHP general secretary Pravin Togadia here yesterday.

Stating that their programme would be peaceful with the devotees willing to offer only puja and darshan of Lord Rama, he said “if the state government made any attempts to prevent the VHP activists from offering prayers, then would court arrest as a mark of protest.” — PTI, TNS

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