Another VHP yatra banned, with riders

Citing the possibility of a law and order situation, the Faizabad administration Saturday imposed a ban on Vishwa Hindu Parishad's proposed 22-day "panch-kosi parikrama" in Ayodhya starting Sunday. The administration has also imposed section 144 of CrPC in the district till September 30.

Ordinary devotees, however, will not be restricted from participating in the yatra that will cover a 15-km route in Ayodhya.

An undeterred VHP, meanwhile, said the yatra will start as per schedule. "We are ready for arrests, but we will organise the yatra despite prohibitory orders," said Ram Vilas Vedanti, former BJP MP and VHP leader.

The outfit had faced clampdown when it had proposed an '84-kosi parikrama' that was to begin August 25 and conclude September 13.

In an order today, Faizabad District Magistrate Vipin Kumar Dwivedi said the 'panch-kosi parikrama' was being organised with an aim of communal polarisation for the demand of construction of Ram temple.

The order prohibited use of flags, banners and loudspeakers and organising meetings, processions and demonstrations on the route of the yatra. "But the ban would not be applicable on those devotees and saints who will take part in the yatra peacefully."

The DM has also prohibited carrying trishulsand other sharp-edged weapons during the yatra.

VHP spokesperson Sharad Sharma said saints of Andhra Pradesh will perform yagya at Karsevakpuram in Ayodhya Sunday and start the yatra Monday from Saryu Ghat.

IG (Law and Order) R K Vishwakarma said six companies of paramilitary forces were deployed in the district and five additional companies were sent today.

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