Prohibitory order will not hinder CM's Deepostav event in Ayodhya: District administration
Ayodhya, Oct 14(UNI) The district administration on Monday claimed that imposition of section 144 of the CrPC will not hinder Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's annual event of Deepostav here during Diwali.
According to sources, the UP CM will go ahead with his programme held every year on October 26, the day of 'Choti Diwali'.
The event is organised by Department of Tourism which will seek permission for the same.
On the day Saryu river banks are lit up by lakhs of diyas. The CM first inaugurates the festivity held on a large scale.
He then addresses the people on the occasion and stays the night in Ayodhya.
The district administration has imposed Section 144 prohibiting the assembly of more than four people in Ayodhya in view of the festive season and the verdict expected in the ongoing Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case in the Supreme Court by November 17.
''In view of Diwali, other festivals and the ongoing hearing in the Supreme Court [related to the title suit in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case), Section 144 has been imposed in Ayodhya. It will be in force till December 10,'' said Ayodhya district magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha.
''I must add that already there is another order in force since August 31 covering aspects of unlawful and undesirable activities,'' he said.
The order issued on Saturday will cover a couple of points which were not there in the earlier order,' said Jha in a Tweet.
He said the order was issued on Saturday considering security and safety of those visiting Ayodhya, which he called the government's paramount concern.
Officials said the imposition of section 144 was also necessary due to anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid on December 6. They added that by then, the top court is likely to deliver the verdict as well.
Iqbal Ansari, one of the Muslim litigants in the Ayodhya case, welcomed the district administration's decision to impose Section 144. ' This was necessary to maintain peace and harmony in Ayodhya and to prevent any untoward incident,' said Ansari.
The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) echoed Ansari in welcoming the district administration's decision to impose Section 144. ''We welcome every step to ensure peace and harmony in Ayodhya,'' said Sharad Sharma, regional spokesperson for the VHP.
Section 144 is imposed in Ayodhya annually during this time as a precautionary measure.