The troubled road to Ayodhya.

The troubled road to Ayodhya.

Ram bhakts asked not to visit Ayodhya for ‘Bhumi Pujan’ but watch on TV

Ayodhya on high alert over terror threat; top BJP, RSS leaders to attend ceremony

Agency Report | Ayodhya | 29 July, 2020 | 11:20 PM

The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has appealed to followers of Lord Ram not to rush to Ayodhya for the ‘bhumi pujan’ ceremony of Ram temple construction, scheduled to be held on August 5.

The trust has appealed to followers to watch the ceremony on television and light a lamp in the evening to mark the occasion.

According to Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust members, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Ayodhya on August 5 for the ‘bhumi pujan’ ceremony to begin the construction of the Ram temple.

The trust said huge gatherings and participation in massive numbers would not be possible during the Corona pandemic.

The trust has invited Modi to lay the foundation stone of the temple either on August 5. The rituals for the ‘bhumi pujan’ will begin on August 3 with a ‘Ganesh Gauri Puja’.
With central intelligence agencies alerting the state police about possible attempts by terror groups to disrupt and sabotage the ‘bhumi pujan’ ceremony of Ram temple by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ayodhya next week, all law enforcing agencies in Uttar Pradesh have been put on high alert.

Details of intel note shared with the state government say that an attempt is likely to be made by Pakistan’s ISI backed terror organisation to carry out an attack on August 5. The ISI has ordered top leadership of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-i-Mohammed to launch an attack.

The terror strike could even be a lone wolf kind of attack or a strike in a crowded place. Based on human intelligence and electronic intercepts, its being suspected that a small group of terrorists can infiltrate the country.

According to official sources, security arrangements will be at an all-time high for the ‘bhumi pujan’ ceremony which, incidentally, coincides with the first anniversary of abrogation of Article 370. The security alert will remain in place till August 15, Independence Day.

Apart from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several top BJP leaders including L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and many other leaders of the RSS are also expected to be present in the program which will also be marked by the presence of top industrialists and bureaucrats from the country.

The area from the Saket Mahavidyalaya, where the Prime Minister chopper will land, to the Ram Janmabhoomi site, has already been cordoned off and residents of Ramkot locality have been issued passes for commuting.

Regular security drills are being carried out and door-to-door checking is also being done.

A senior official in Ayodhya said that security personnel will be deployed on all roof tops and drone cameras will monitor the movement in this area.

Verification of all hotels, lodges, guesthouses is underway and the entry points to the holy city are being sealed.