Uneasy calm prevails over Ayodhya ahead of title suit verdict

As one walks down the lanes and narrow bylanes of Ayodhya, the satellite town of Faizabad and the focal point of the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Mosque dispute, one feels an uneasy calm.

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2010, 16:54 PM IST

Ayodhya: As one walks down the lanes and
narrow bylanes of Ayodhya, the satellite town of Faizabad and
the focal point of the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Mosque dispute,
one feels an uneasy calm.

With the date of verdict on the Ayodhya title suit
drawing near, the local residents, though involved in their
daily chores are apprehensive, which reflects in the eerie
silence prevailing in the city.

"Actually all the news being published and aired on
the channels relating to security arrangements and possible
fall out of the verdict has made people more apprehensive
here," Dinesh Chandra Mishra, owner of a cyber cafe near Ram
Janaki Trust in Chotti Chavani says.

Deployment of additional force including the Central
Reserved Police Force in and around Ayodhya has created more
hype affecting the locals to an extent, he said.

To an extent the statement stands true - security of
the disputed site, which was till now being manned by the
CISF, has additional guards in the form of a CRPF contingent.

The Central forces had also staged a flag march in the
Ayodhya.

"Though the visitors may not sense or realise, but our
lives have got disturbed to an extent. Number of visitors has
gone down drastically as the D days near affecting the local
business to an extent," Aakash Gupta, who runs a small hotel
opposite Hanuman Garhi, said.

"I haven`t sold even a single item in the last three
days which is otherwise uncommon as this is the peak religious
season," says Shaym Prasad, who own a temporary shop selling
religious artefacts on the lane leading towards a makeshift
temple of Lord Ram at the disputed site.

PTI