NEW DELHI: A large number of police and paramilitary personnel have been deployed in the cities of Ayodhya, Faizabad and other parts of Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on 18th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.
Security has also been tightened in other states as Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat.
In Bhubaneswar, Maoists have called for December 6 to be observed as Black Day. They are demanding that the Babri Masjid be rebuilt and those who demolished it be punished severely.
Parts of Hyderabad remained shut in response to a call given by Muslim organisations to mark the 18th anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. Shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained closed in Muslim-majority areas while few vehicles were seen plying on the roads.
Policemen, including personnel from the paramilitary Rapid Action Force (RAF), were deployed in communally sensitive areas, especially in the old city. Security was beefed up around places of worship.
Police also erected barricades and were checking vehicles and frisking people at several places. It has also banned hoisting of religious flags and distribution of sweets to prevent any untoward incident.
A mob of radical Hindus demolished the 16th century Babri mosque Dec 6, 1992, alleging that it was built after razing a temple built on the birthplace of Hindu deity Ram.
On Sep 30 this year, a three-judge special bench of the Allahabad High Court ruled that the spot in Ayodhya where a makeshift temple was built hastily after razing the mosque was the spot where Ram was born.
It had ordered division of the disputed 90 ft by 120 ft piece of land where the Babri Masjid once stood into three parts - one to Ram Lalla deity, one to the Nirmohi Akhara and one to the Sunni Wakf Board.
Dissatisfied with the judgment, both Hindu and Muslim groups have filed appeals in the Supreme Court