People in Ayodhya want early disposal of the case

The stay on the pronouncement of the Ayodhya title suits verdict might have brought a respite to law enforcing agencies, but people in Ayodhya say it has only prolonged their woes and they want an early disposal of the case.

Ayodhya: The stay on the pronouncement
of the Ayodhya title suits verdict might have brought a
respite to law enforcing agencies, but people in Ayodhya say
it has only prolonged their woes and they want an early
disposal of the case.

"Though the traffic on the roads is looking almost
normal and the markets have opened, the uncertainty in the air
is continuing and for the people here it would have been
better had the verdict been pronounced today itself," Dr Anil
Singh, a professor at Saket Degree College here, said.

"Though there was no tension between members of
different communities, life has been at a standstill for the
people here with massive presence of security forces which
have been housed in the local schools and colleges, affecting
academics," Singh said.

Both the communities want an early disposal of the
60-year-old case, whichever way the decision would have gone,
so that normalcy here is restored at the earliest, Singh said,
adding that everyone had mentally prepared themselves for the
verdict.

The economy of Ayodhya and Faizabad is based on the
inflow of devotees, specially from the adjoining areas, which
has been adversely hit because of the expected verdict and it
is likely to continue for another week at least, he said.

Airing similar views, Raj Kishore Maurya, who runs a
shop near the "naya ghat" in Ayodhya, said that small
businessmen like those selling flowers, diyas and other such
things on the ghats, are the worst hit with flow of pilgrims
in the twin towns trickling.

"The pitra paksha (devoted to ancestors) have started
from today but there is total absence of devotees who used to
come here for pind daan," Maurya said.

"In the previous years, thousands of pilgrims used to
come here to perform the ritual on the ghats, Maurya said,
adding the usual crowd on the occasion of Bhadon Purnima
yesterday was also missing.

People want an early disposal to the case, he said.

On the presence of security personnel on the roads,
Maurya said that they were a disciplined lot not disturbing
anyone but the mere presence, specially in such a large
numbers, is intimidating.

"Flag march and checkings add to the hanging
uncertainity as if some major disaster is waiting to happen
though the people here have no problem with each other,"
Maurya said.

Government appointed head pujari of the makeshift Ram
Janmbhoomi temple, Acharya Satendra Das said that as the
people in the rural areas have yet to know of the stay on the
court verdict, the flow of devotees in the temple has been
very low today.

"It is likely to continue like this for another
week," Satyendra Das said, adding that the temples, which bank
heavily on the offerings made by the pilgrims for their
finances, might face problems if this is continued for long.

Despite the stay for a week, there had been no let up
in the security arrangements and the personnel continue to
maintain vigil.

The SSP R K S Rathore said that security arrangements
would continue as before.

PTI

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