AYODHYA (UP): The lanes and by lanes of Ayodhya have come alive to the loud chants of “Jai Shree Ram” this bright Sunday morning, with devotees from all walks of life decending here to take part in VHP’s “dharam sabha” to discuss the way forward for the construction of the temple.
The surging crowds from not just neighbouring cities but also from far off places, clad in saffron robes and “safas”, were seen moving in groups to Badey Bhaktmaal ki Bagia , the venue of the dharam sabha.
While bhajans of Lord Ram are being played at different places all along the route, the involvement of some Muslims led by member of Ayodhya Zila Panchayat , Babloo Khan who has been linked to the movement since the past three years, emphasises the composite culture of the town. Khan is of the view that Ayodhya’s Muslim want temple.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s ‘Dharma Sabha’ is being touted as the largest congregation of ‘Ram bhakts’ in Ayodhya since the 1992 ‘kar seva’, with the Hindu outfit claiming a large number of people will attend it.
The congregation is happening less than two weeks ahead of the 26th anniversary of the demolition of the 16th century Babri Mosque, that had triggered unrest in this pilgirm town and riots in other parts of India.
Amidst the surcharged atmosphere , the biggest challenge is being faced by the agencies enforcing law and order who have been on the toes all through, maintaining round the clock vigil.
The state government has entrusted the responsibility of the town to the officials who are well versed with not just the geographical details but also the mood of the temple town.
Fool proof security arrangements are in force with the town being virtually converted into a fortress and multiple layers of security and deployment of drones keeping an eye on possible mischief- mongers.
A UP Police spokesperson said one additional DGP, one deputy inspector general (DIG), three senior superintendents of police (SSPs), 10 additional SPs, 21 deputy SPs, 160 inspectors, 700 constables, 42 companies of PAC, five companies of RAF, ATS commandos and drones have been deployed here.