Security tightened in Ayodhya ahead of Ram Navami

Security has been tightened in the temple town of Ayodhya where lakhs of pilgrims are expected to arrive for the festival of Ram Navami next week.

Updated: Apr 06, 2011, 20:24 PM IST

Ayodhya: Security has been tightened in the
temple town of Ayodhya where lakhs of pilgrims are expected to
arrive for the festival of Ram Navami next week.

Three ASPs, eight DSPs, and 10 companies of PAC have been
deployed for the security of the temple town along with
personnel from the Intelligence department, anti-sabotage team
and bomb disposal squad, said SP city Anil Rai, the security
in-charge of Ayodhya.

Thirty magistrates have been deputed to supervise the
security along with police officials in same number. Close
circuit video cameras have been installed at all major temples
situated at the banks of river Saryu, he said.

"We will receive more than ten lakh pilgrim for the mela
which will be the biggest gathering of Hindu pilgrims here.

Though the festival of Ram Navami will be celebrated on
Tuesday, the devotees will start arriving on Friday," a senior
officer said.

"The security agencies are very much alert. The security
cordon is not just in Ayodhya city but its radius is more than
two hundred kilometers extending to the border of neighbouring
country Nepal," he said.

PTI