Ayodhya: On the eve of the 26th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri mosque, police arrested four activists of Hindu Samaj Party and tightened security as a preventive measure at the disputed site in Ayodhya. The activists were arrested from the Ram Janambhoomi police station area on Wednesday. Apprehending trouble in the form of protests, authorities kept a tight vigil.

In the wake of saffron outfits raising the pitch over the sensitive Ram temple issue, police have taken eight persons into custody this week. While the Mahant of Tapaswi Chawni temple, Paramhans Das, was arrested on Tuesday, Hindu leader Kamlesh Tiwari was arrested on Monday.

On the same day, Rangam Krishna Maharaj and Rajesh Mani Tripathi of Naraini Sena were taken into custody over a planned protest. Mahant Paramhans Das had issued threats of self-immolation over the construction of Ram temple. Tiwari, on the other hand, had decided to perform Kar Sewa for the construction of Ram Janambhoomi on December 6.

Officials stated that over 2,500 police personnel were deployed at the disputed site in addition to the members of Rapid Action Force and paramilitary CRPF at several parts of Hanumangarhi area of the city.

The Left parties, such as CPI(M), CPI, RSP, ALFB, CPI(ML) and SUCI(C), would be observing December 6 as ‘Black Day’ to register their protest against the “wilful demolition of the Babri Masjid”. Muslim outfits have also prepared to observe the day as ‘Yaum E Gham’ (day of sorrow) and ‘Yaum E Syah’ (black day). State president of Indian Union Muslim League said, “We will observe this day as Black Day. Even the Supreme Court has termed the demolition of Babri Masjid as a matter of national shame.”

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal, on the other hand, would be observing the day as ‘Shaurya Diwas’ (day of bravery) and ‘Vijay Diwas’ (day of victory). Further, they have asked the people to light earthen lamps on the day.

The Babri mosque was demolished on December 6, 1992, by ‘kar sevaks’ who had converged as part of a movement by the BJP and Hindu outfits for Ram temple at the disputed site.

The Ram Janmabhoomi or Babri Masjid title suit is pending in the apex court which will decide the schedule of hearing in January next year. Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against a high court judgement, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77 acre land be partitioned equally among three parties: the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

After the Supreme Court refused an early hearing, Hindu outfits have been demanding that the government bring in an ordinance for construction of Ram temple.

(With PTI inputs)