Having foiled the VHPs attempt to launch the 84-kosi parikrama yatra on Sunday,the UP government decided to continue with the security arrangements till September 13 to prevent the saffron outfit from reviving its plan. Also,the authorities have decided to seek 14-day remand of all the arrested VHP leaders.
IG (Law and Order) R K Vishwakarma said a status quo on police forces deployed will be maintained till September 13,when the parikrama was supposed to conclude.
In all,1,696 persons,including VHP leaders,workers and seers,were arrested across the state. No untoward incident has been reported during the day, he added.
Meanwhile,secretary (home) Kamal Saksena said that they are seeking 14 days judicial remand of the VHP leaders and office bearers and the saints. The aim is to keep the leaders out of action for as long as possible.
These all are preventive arrests under section 151 of CrPC. They all are being sent to jail, Saksena said,adding that none of the VHP leaders or workers were allowed to begin the 84-kosi parikrama yatra at Ayodhya or bordering districts on Sunday and this status will be maintained till September 13.
All the district magistrates and SPs across the state have been directed to tighten the security and keep a watch on movement of VHP leaders,workers and the saints till September 13, Saksena said and added that more arrests are likely in coming days.
Meanwhile,IG Vishwakarma said,the police also arrested BJP MLA from Rudauli constituency in Faizabad,Ram Chandra Yadav,soon after he deboarded Kaifiyat Express at Charbagh railway station in Lucknow. Former BJP MLA from Barabankim Sunder Lal Dixit,too was arrested Saturday night along with 18 supporters from Haidergarh area of the district.
Vishwakarma also said they had sent a request to the central government seeking 30 more companies of para-military forces and received six companies each of CRPF and (SSB) Sunday morning.
While two companies of each forces were sent to Faizabad,one each was provided to Meerut,Agra,Gorakhpur,Varanasi and Kanpur,he added.