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Babri demolition anniversary: In Mathura, 3,000 security personnel deployed; travels curbs in place

🔴 Last month, some right-wing groups called on people to perform a Hindu ceremony inside the Shahi Idgah in Mathura on Monday. They said this was to reclaim the original “birthplace” of Hindu deity, Lord Krishna.

Written by Amil Bhatnagar | New Delhi |
Updated: December 6, 2021 8:31:34 am
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Mathura district remained tense on Sunday, with 3,000 security personnel posted in the town a day before the anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition. Last month, Hindu right-wing groups had issued a call to perform a ritual on Monday at  the Shahi Idgah as they claim it is the “original birthplace” of Krishna. While officials and the organisations have said that the programme has been called off, the police said they were prepared for all scenarios.

“We have beefed up security to nearly 3,000 security personnel, which includes several divisions. We are carrying out flag marches, drills to ensure we are prepared for all outcomes. In our conversations with outfits that had called for the ceremony, we have been ensured there will be no protest. But we will be securing the area to be ready for any eventuality,” said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Gaurav Grover.

Officials said local police, the Rapid Action Force and the Provincial Armed Constabulary had been deployed in heavy numbers. The deployment is nearly thrice the regular placement of police officials.

Roads leading up to the mosque have been provided maximum security, and the movement of local people will be restricted on Monday. The police have issued travel advisories because of the tense situation, and prohibited travel on seven routes. Several traffic diversions have been set up near Deeng Gate and temple areas.

The Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha, the Srikrishna Janmabhumi Nirman Nyas, the Narayani Sena, the Srikrishna Mukti Dal, among other outfits, had issued a call to perform purification, or jalabhishek, in the mosque. For the past one week, the police and district officials have been holding talks with religious leaders to ensure peace.

“We had called for the purification ceremony and a Sankalp Yatra in the honour of Lord Krishna. At the request of the administration, we will not be holding any such ceremony on December 6,” said Narayani Sena national convenor Manish Yadav.

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