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Ayodhya Kar Sewa was to be allowed: IPS officer

A senior cop, who was Advani’s PSO in Ayodhya, has told a court that she had been informed that `kars sewaks` were to be allowed to perform `kar sewa` on Dec 6, 2002.



Rae Bareli: A senior IPS officer, who was
personal security officer of BJP leader L K Advani in Ayodhya,
on Thursday told a special court here that she had been informed
that `kars sewaks` were to be allowed to perform `kar sewa`
and devotees not to be prevented from paying obeisance to the
deities at the disputed structure on December 6, 2002.

"We already knew that kar sewaks were to be allowed to
perform kar sewa and devotees (allowed) to pay obeisance to
the deities and we had to remain alert," Anju Gupta, a 1990
batch IPS officer, said in the court of Chief Judicial
Magistrate Gulab Singh while being cross-examined by defence
counsel H S Sharma in the Babri Mosque demolition case.

Gupta was replying to a question by Sharma as to
whether she had any information that during a meeting convened
by then Inspector General of Police A K Saran, it was decided
to allow kar sewaks to perform kar sewa on December 6, 2002.

The IPS officer, who is a prosecution witness, was
cross-examined by the defence counsel for nearly three hours.
She was first crossed by the defence on April 23 on her
deposition. The judge posted the matter for further hearing on
May 15.

The defence counsel asked her that if the meeting was
called by Saran a day before the demolition as there was
specific information that operatives of Pakistan intelligence
agency ISI had reached Ayodhya, had mingled with the people
and had plans to damage the disputed structure by using
explosive substances or any other method with an objective of
creating unrest in the state and the country.

"As I had previously said that IG Saran had mentioned
about some threats of which threat from ISI and that from the
kar sewaks were there," she said, noting that back-to-back
meetings were held on December 5. "I cannot tell what happened
in other meetings," Gupta said.

She refuted queries if Saran had stated anything about
any threat from militants of Kashmir-based organisations or on
ISI operatives mingling with the kar sewaks.

On the defence counsel`s suggestion that a three-tier
security arrangement was made in the wake of threat from
militants of Kashmir-based organisations and ISI operatives,
Gupta said that the arrangements were in place much in
advance.

Deposing before the court on March 26, Gupta had said
Advani had made a provocative speech in Ayodhya moments before
the Babri Masjid was demolished by Sangh Parivar activists in
1992.

Gupta, the then Additional Superintendent of Police in
Faizabad, had told the court on April 23 that Faizabad Police
had intelligence inputs about possibility of an attack on the
Masjid by "kar sevaks".

She is appearing as a prosecution witness in the case
in which Advani, his party colleague Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma
Bharti and other Sangh Parivar leaders have been accused of
inciting violence that led to the demolition.

PTI

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