November 6, 2017, marks the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya. Ahead of the day security has been beefed up in all the sensitive areas throughout Uttar Pradesh. The administration is prepared to maintain peace in the state and avoid any communal clashes. However, some chaotic elements have tried to disrupt harmony by putting up controversial posters claiming to launch a movement for the reconstruction of the Babri mosque. The posters flourished in several cities of Western UP including Meerut. The posters are named under ‘Popular front of India (PFI).’
‘कहीं हम भूल न जाएं, धोखे के 25 साल. बाबरी मस्जिद की दोबारा तामीर करो.’ (Twenty-five years of betrayal, let’s not forget, Babri Masjid should be reconstructed now), says the poster. This comes ahead of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and other Right-wing groups’ decision to celebrate the day as ‘Shaurya Diwas’ to commemorate 25 years of the Babri Masjid demolition. As per a TOI report, the posters have been pasted in various areas of Meerut, Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Hathras and Saharanpur. The PFI has reportedly also planned to gather people and stage a protest in New Delhi.
The police ordered the removal of the posters as soon as they were reported about them. Majority of posters which were posted near mosques were taken off. A case has been registered in the matter against the PFI and the police are further investigating the case. Agitated Hindu groups called the police and expressed their angst over the posters. The police have assured that the situation is under control and heavy security has been deployed in the vulnerable areas.
Meanwhile, the police are assessing all intelligence inputs which suggested there could be outrage and protests in several areas across the state. The Lucknow police have been ordered to continuously patrol in the city and apprehend a group of four or more people in sensitive areas. Home Ministry has also released advisory directing the states and Union Territories to maintain peace and take all measure to thwart any attempts of disrupting communal harmony.