A curfew has been announced in Ayodhya near the disputed land after situations are signalling towards a probable eruption of dispute.
The section was imposed after the Hindu community’s Ayodhya seers and VHP leaders tried to obtain permissions to light diyas at the Ram Temple on the disputed land.
As a result, the Muslim community’s petitioner Haji Mehmood said if Hindus get the permission to celebrate Diwali on the disputed land, he will also seek permission for offering namaz there.
Apart from this, earlier in October 2019 Gyanchand Parakh (BJP MLA from Pali, Rajasthan) declared that the Ram Mandir will be built in Ayodhya before November 18th this year.
Parakh was invited as a chief guest at a Ram-Leela play in the Pali town, when he said, “The hearing in the case will be completed by October 17 and Ram Mandir will be built on Ramjanmbhoomi by November 18th. This year is very auspicious for us.”
This announcement from BJP MLA comes two days after UP CM Yogi Adityanath conveyed hope to people saying “We are Ram bhakts. There is a lot of strength in ‘bhakti’. I feel we will soon get to hear very good news.”
Supreme Court may declare the verdict in the case of Ram Janm Bhumi AKA the disputed land. The land has been disputed for more than 3 decades between Hindu & Muslim community. It affects the people of not only India but other parts of the sub-continent as well including Pakistan, Bangladesh & Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.
As a result, the district administration has clamped Section 144 in Ayodhya district 4 days before the verdict. This has been sought as a precautionary measure in anticipation of the Supreme Court verdict on the title suit. The prohibitory orders will remain in place till December 10 of this year, four days after the Babri demolition anniversary i.e. 6th December.
In a conversation with Times of India, Ayodhya district magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha said, “Section 144 has been in place in the district since August 31, however, it only covered unlawful assembly. On Saturday, we decided to add the part on Ayodhya verdict in our order, keeping in mind the safety of citizens.”
The order not only restricts gathering of groups & people in several more than 4, but it also restricts the use of drones, unmanned aerial vehicles for filming or shooting inside the whole district.
Apart from this, despite being the largest Indian festival ‘Diwali’ being right around the corner & just 14 days away, the sale and purchase of crackers will not be allowed without the permission of the magistrate even during the festive season. The crackers sellers have been allotted designated places and can carry out their business in the respective areas only surveyed by DM.
Author: Keshav Kothari
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