The Home Ministry has told the UP authorities to observe status quo in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya as per the Supreme Court directive and not to allow any gathering near the disputed area.

VHP’s Sankalp Sabha: Security intensified in Ayodhya, SMS banned

Senior officials of state government are regularly briefing Central government officials about the prevailing situation in Ayodhya and gave conveyed that no congregation will be allowed near the site, official sources said. The UP government has also banned VHP's 'Sankalp Diwas' rally, they said.

The state government has informed the Centre that so far several hundred activists of VHP have been taken into custody as part of preventive measures.

The Home Ministry has also told the state government to remain alert across the state and keep the communal situation under check.

The Centre has promised dispatch of additional forces if required for maintenance of law and order in UP, the sources said.

More than sixty people lost their lives and thousands were rendered homeless in last month's communal violence in Muzzafarnagar and adjoining areas.

(Agencies)

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