Tension is building up in the area over the VHP threat to go ahead with the yatra for a stretch of 300 km in and around Ayodhya in violation of the ban.
The Uttar Pradesh government of Akhilesh Yadav has denied permission for the VHP yatra in the state that was scheduled to start from Aug 25. The yatra was scheduled to continue till September 13.
Media reports said arrest warrant has been issued against top 70 VHP leaders, including those like Ashok Singhal and Pravin Togadia.
While flag marches by security personnel were being carried out, prohibitory laws like Section 144 has been invoked in six districts of Faizabad, Basti, Barabanki, Gonda, Bahraich and Ambedkar Nagar.
A TV report quoting the Faizabad district magistrate said at least 42 entry points of this town were checked with heavy deployment.
Repors said 6,000 police and paramilitary personnel were deployed in the Ayodhya region additionally besides the usual yearlong 1,600 paramilitary men stationed there.
During the proposed yatra, the VHP, which is affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), had planned to renew its campaign for the construction of a Ram temple at the long disputed Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi site in Ayodhya.
A senior UP official told media that the yatra was denied as it would have violated the directives of the Supreme Court.
VHP leaders on Saturday met UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav to seek administrative support for the proposed 300 km yatra of saints to Ayodhya, called the Chaurasi Kosi parikrama.
The yatra was discontinued about 50 years ago and has not been held since.
--IBNS (Posted on 24-08-2013)