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Section 144 imposed in Ayodhya till December 10

In this file photo, devotees stand outside a Ram temple at Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas workshop in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.

In this file photo, devotees stand outside a Ram temple at Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas workshop in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.

Restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPc have been imposed in Ayodhya till December 10 in anticipation of the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi case verdict in the Supreme Court and in view of the upcoming religious festivals.

The restrictions came into force from October 12, said district magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha.

As per the two-page official order, flying of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles has been banned within Ayodhya without the permission of the concerned authority. There is also a ban on overloading of boats within the boundary of Ayodhya. The manufacture and sale of firecrackers on Deepavali would be allowed only after prior permission from the concerned magistrate.

"The order has been issued considering safety and security of Ayodhya and those visiting here as Govt’s [sic] paramount concerns," Mr. Jha said on Twitter late on Sunday.

The DM said the restrictions were imposed keeping in mind not just the possible Ayodhya verdict but also the number of upcoming religious events and festivals like Deepavali, Narak Chaturdarshi, Gowardhan Puja, Bhaiya Dooj, Chitragupt Jayanti, Chehelom, 14 Kosi and Panch Kosi parikramas, Karthik Purnima Mela, Guru Nanak Jayanti, Barawafat and Chhath Puja.

December 6 is also the anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition.

Mr. Jha said an order was already issued on August 31 covering unlawful assemblies and undesirable activities. "The order dated 12.10.2019 has been issued to cover a couple of points which were not there in the earlier order," he said.


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