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05 Dec 2018 | 09:31 AM UTC

India: Increased security measures in Ayodhya and Faizabad /update 1

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Authorities increase security measures in Ayodhya and Faizabad (Uttar Pradesh) ahead of the 26th anniversary of the destruction of Babri Masjid on December 6

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/4/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/9/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION Ayodhya, Faizabad, New Delhi

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Various Hindu organizations are planning events in Ayodhya and Faizabad (Uttar Pradesh state) for Thursday, December 6, to commemorate the anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid Mosque. Local authorities have ordered increased security measures in Ayodhya and Faizabad ahead of the anniversary. Additional police officers, along with personnel from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Rapid Action Force (RAF), have been deployed to religious and other sensitive sites. Security forces are also conducting regular searches of vehicles and hotels. 

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is also calling for supporters to hold an associated rally in New Delhi Sunday, December 9. According to VHP leaders, around 500,000 people are expected to participate in the demonstration.


This year marks the 26th anniversary of the destruction of the Babri Masjid Mosque. During a similar demonstration in 1992, Hindu activists tore down the Babri Masjid Mosque in Ayodhya, sparking violent protests which led to the death of at least 2000 people. According to Hindus, the site is the birthplace of Rama, a Hindu deity.


Individuals in Ayodhya and Faizabad are advised to monitor the situation, avoid public gatherings, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. 


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