Notwithstanding the massive crackdown by the Uttar Pradesh government and arrest of hundreds of its leaders,the VHP Sunday made it clear that it will continue with its 84-Kosi Parikrama yatra from Makhauda in Basti district - the place from where the programme was originally scheduled to start and end.
Sants from Madhya Pradesh and locals will assemble at Makhauda at 9am Monday and walk 7 km to reach Rajwapur to address a public meeting and take lunch. Then,they will leave for Chhavni,9 km away,hold another public meeting there at 5 pm,then walk 3 km to reach Ramrekha,also in Basti district, senior VHP leader Swami Chinamayananda Saraswati said.
The sants will stay the night at Ramrekha before proceeding further,Chinamayananda said,adding that while the yatra would continue in Basti,demonstrations will be held in other districts of the state under the leadership of the BJP.
Chinmayananda himself was under house arrest in Shahjahanpur.
However,District Magistrate,Basti,Anil Kumar Damele said three additional companies of security forces,including one of CRPF,has been deployed in the area and will stay there till September 13. The route of VHPs parkirama covers 46-km distance in Basti and security forces have been deployed on the entire route, the DM said.
Chinmayanand,a former Union minister,who was placed under house arrest in an ashram in Shahjahanpur said,There is complete jungleraj in UP. Criminals are moving around freely,while vigil was being maintained on respected people. Sants are ready to get arrested. They will restart the yatra immediately after their release, he said,adding the yatra will conclude at Makhauda after passing through Faizabad,Basti,Gonda,Ambedkar Nagar,Barabanki and Bahraich.
As per VHPs plan,sants will move to Devkali Hanuman Mandir and Hanuman Bagh in Basti district on Tuesday.