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On December 6, Ayodhya under air and water surveillance
Sharat Pradhan in Lucknow | December 06, 2008 15:11 IST
Turned into a virtually impregnable fortress on the 16th anniversary of the demolition of the 16th century Babri Mosque, Ayodhya is currently under a heavy cover both against air strike as well from water through the neighbouring Saryu river.
He said, "As many as about 700 additional armed policemen have been pressed into service since yesterday to maintain the strict vigil in and around the 'Ramjanmbhoomi' complex , which usually remains under round-the-clock surveillance of nearly 1200 armed policemen."
An estimated Rs. 864 crores has been spent on the three-tier security ring around the makeshift temple complex since December 6, 1992 when the mosque was razed.
Even as there was no official restriction on "darshan" at the makeshift temple that draws thousands of devotees every day, the intensified security at all entry points to the temple town has clearly brought down the number of devotees Saturday.
"Well, we are not stopping people from visiting Ayodhya , but sure enough they are being subjected to heavy checking and frisking which is unavoidable", said SSP Rathore .
"However intensified security may not be entirely be the reason for lower turnout at the Ramjanmbhoomi today ; people usually avoid visiting the place on December 6", he said.
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