"So far 1,600 people, including BJP and VHP leaders, have been arrested across the state as a preventive measure," IG (Law and Order) R K Vishwakarma said.
    
He said that while borders of Ayodhya and Faizabad remained sealed, around 10,000 people took bath in Saryu river on the occasion of Sharad Purnima.
    
BJP MP Yogi Adityanath and 24 others accompanying him to Ayodhya were arrested at Gonda railway station as a preventive measure, ADM Anjani Kumar Singh said in Gonda.
    
Adityanath, BJP MP Satyadeo Singh, BJP's regional secretary Surya Narain Tiwari and others arrested have been kept at the Irrigation Department's field hostel there.
    
National general secretary of VHP Champat Rai, BJP MLA Ram Chandra Yadav along with around 200 workers were arrested from Ramsewakpuram in Ayodhya.
     
With Muzaffarnagar riots fresh in mind, the Centre has asked the UP government to maintain status quo in Ayodha and prevent any attempt to flare up communal tension anywhere in the state.
    
The Home Ministry has told the state government to observe status quo at the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya as per the Supreme Court directive and not to allow any gathering near the disputed area.
    
UP Police had on Friday arrested around 340 people, including former BJP MLA Lallu Singh, and put 42 others under house arrest on the eve of the rally.
    
"To prevent VHP activists from attending the rally, three-tier barriers have been put up on Saryu bridge, Faizabad district and Ayodhya," Vishwakarma had said on Thursday. Around 2,000 jawans of Rapid Action Force, police and PAC have been deployed in the area.
    
As a precautionary measure, the local administration has set up a temporary jail at the Police Line, the IG had said. VHP has given a call to observe 'Sankalp Diwas' in Ram Sewak Puram of Ayodhya to take a resolve for launching an agitation for rebuilding the Ram temple.

Centre tells UP govt to maintain status quo

With Muzaffarnagar riots fresh in mind, the Centre has asked the Uttar Pradesh government to maintain status quo in Ayodha in a bid to prevent any attempt to flare up communal tension anywhere in the state.
    
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.
    
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.
    
Traffic between Lucknow-Gorakhpur has been diverted through Barabanki, Gonda-Basti and Sultanpur, officials said.

JPN/Agencies

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