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Priest, cops involved in Ram Temple event test Covid +ve

July 30, 2020 14:23 IST
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An Ayodhya priest, who will be part of the bhoomi pujan ceremony at the Ram temple event next week, has tested positive for Covid-19. In addition, around 15 policemen deployed at the site have also tested positive for the virus.

IMAGE: Security tightened ahead of PM Narendra Modi's visit for foundation laying ceremony of Ram Mandir, in Ayodhya. Photograph: ANI Photo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the ceremony along with 50 VIPs.


Pradeep Das, the assistant to the chief priest said he has tested positive for coronavirus.

The programme, however, will be held as planned, maintaining all the safety rules for coronavirus. Currently, Ayodhya has 375 active cases of coronavirus, Uttar Pradesh has 29,997 cases.

Around 200 people will be present for the ceremony at the complex. The number will include priests, securitymen, guests and locals, the Trust said.

Huge preparations have been made for the ceremony, the Trust said, adding that all senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders associated with temple movement, including LK Advani, MM Joshi and Uma Bharti, have been invited.

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