New Delhi: On the eve of 22nd anniversary of Babri mosque demolition, the temple town has turned into a fortress with nearly 10,000 security personnel deployed amid calls by Muslim outfits to mark the day by hoisting black flags even as Hindu bodies seek to commemorate it.
Prohibitory orders have been clamped in the city and mounted police will be among about 10,000 police and anti-riot personnel keeping a vigil, PTI reported.
The local administration has laid a three-tier security cordon around the twin cities of Ayodhya and Faizabad with officials of superintendent rank manning the key areas.
Two dozens CCTV cameras have also been installed across the Ayodhya city.
Muslim organisations have announced that it will be marked as a black day while appealing to the community to hoist black flags and observe a shut down.
While the Hindu organisations, including Vishwa Hindu Parishad, has said it will observe it as “day of bravery victory”.
All the entry points of Ayodhya city have been sealed and entry is permitted only after complete security check.
Senior Superintendent of Police KB Singh said,”We are in regular touch with the responsible and peace loving people of both the communities. The day of December 6 will be passed peacefully without any hindrance in the normal life of the twin town.”
Muslim groups urge President to refer all Babri Masjid cases to SC
A day ahead of the anniversary of Babri mosque demolition, two Muslim groups urged President Pranab Mukherjee to refer all the cases related to Babri Masjid-Ram Janmbhoomi dispute to the Supreme Court and demanded that the hearing be done in a time-bound manner.
Members of All India Babri Masjid Rebuilding Committee (AIBMRC) and All India Muslim Unity Front (AIMUF), who staged a protest here at Jantar Mantar today, said any decision taken by the apex court will be acceptable to the Muslim community.
The demonstrators demanded rebuilding of the mosque at the disputed site and later handed over memorandums addressed to President and Prime Minister at their respective offices.
The protesters said that by “demolishing the Babri Masjid in 1992, several organisations violated the constitution, judiciary, law and order and harmed the secular character of India on international level which can be regained only by rebuilding the mosque.”
“We appeal you to refer all the disputes of Babri Masjid- Ram Janambhoomi to Supreme Court of India under Article 138-B of the Constitution for a time-bound and binding decision.
“Whatever the decision the Supreme Court delivers, whether it is in favour of Babri Masjid or Ram Temple will he acceptable to the Muslim community as we have full faith in Indian judiciary,” the protesters said in the memorandum submitted to the PMO and President’s Secretariat.