Ayodhya: A dozen Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists were on Friday detained when they tried to march towards the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site here to protest against the alleged removal of tulsi saplings from there, police said.
The VHP activists began an agitation demanding tulsi
(basil) saplings, allegedly uprooted by the local
administration, be re-planted at the makeshift Ram temple in
the disputed area.
Policemen, deployed outside the residence of VHP leader
Ram Vilas Vedanti, stopped the activists from leaving the
premises and detained them.
The protesters were released after they submitted a
memorandum to the resident magistrate of Ayodhya regarding
The issue cropped up last Sunday, when, on the objection
raised by Muslim parties, the administration reportedly
removed the tulsi plants planted at the shrine.