Babri Masjid demolition anniversary: In the wake of the 26th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition on Thursday, December 6, reportedly 2,500 security personnel were deployed at the disputed site in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh as a preventive measure. Media reports said state authorities have been keeping tight vigil to thwart any kind of protest over the sensitive Ram Mandir issue. In the meanwhile, the UP police nabbed four Hindu Samaj Party activists from the nearby police station on suspicion of troubles from the latter at the disputed site.

So far eight people have been arrested this week, including Paramhans Das, the Mahant of Tapaswi Chawni temple, who threatened himself to set alight demanding the construction of the temple, media reports said. The anniversary comes at a time when Hindutva outfits and BJP ally Shiv Sena are pressuring the Narendra Modi-led government for the construction of Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. Recently, two grand rallies were held by the RSS and the Shiv Sena in the temple town to raise the pitch over the development of the temple.

Meanwhile, Hindutva outfits the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal, the youth faction, are gearing up to mark the big day as day of bravery and victory by asking the people of the state to light earthen lamps, while Muslim organisations claim they will observe the day as Yaum E Syah’ (black day), reports said

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