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VHP and UP government play cat and mouse in Ayodhya

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Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) members set branches on fire while demonstrating against the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. The UP govt on Sunday clamped down on the VHP’s padayatra for a Ram Temple. Ramesh Pathania/Mint
1/7Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) members set branches on fire while demonstrating against the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. The UP govt on Sunday clamped down on the VHP’s padayatra for a Ram Temple. Ramesh Pathania/Mint
Security personnel patrol a street in Ayodhya. Some 8,000 policemen are guarding Ayodhya and its neighbouring city Faizabad. All entry points into the twin cities have also been sealed. Ramesh Pathania/Mint
2/7Security personnel patrol a street in Ayodhya. Some 8,000 policemen are guarding Ayodhya and its neighbouring city Faizabad. All entry points into the twin cities have also been sealed. Ramesh Pathania/Mint
UP police barricades the entrance to Naya Ghat. The planned Chaurasi Kosi Parikrama Yatra was to have lasted till 13 September going through six districts of UP. The yatra was however banned over fears of communal flare-up. Ramesh Pathania/Mint
3/7UP police barricades the entrance to Naya Ghat. The planned Chaurasi Kosi Parikrama Yatra was to have lasted till 13 September going through six districts of UP. The yatra was however banned over fears of communal flare-up. Ramesh Pathania/Mint
VHP leader Praveen Togadia being taken into custody from Gola ghat in Ayodhya. Togadia along with VHP leader Ashok Singhal were among around 1,700 people arrested in a crackdown by the UP government to foil the saffron outfit’s yatra. PTI
4/7VHP leader Praveen Togadia being taken into custody from Gola ghat in Ayodhya. Togadia along with VHP leader Ashok Singhal were among around 1,700 people arrested in a crackdown by the UP government to foil the saffron outfit’s yatra. PTI
VHP leaders and sadhus are taken into custody from Gola ghat. The VHP is affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS): BJP’s ideological mentor. The Ram Mandir is an important part of the party’s campaign for the up-coming elections. PTI
5/7VHP leaders and sadhus are taken into custody from Gola ghat. The VHP is affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS): BJP’s ideological mentor. The Ram Mandir is an important part of the party’s campaign for the up-coming elections. PTI
A RAF jawan with a tear gas launcher keeps vigil in Ayodhya. After the massive crackdown, the VHP has accused the UP government of trying to appease the state’s large Muslim population by banning its proposed Yatra. PTI
6/7A RAF jawan with a tear gas launcher keeps vigil in Ayodhya. After the massive crackdown, the VHP has accused the UP government of trying to appease the state’s large Muslim population by banning its proposed Yatra. PTI
Police stand outside a Hindu temple in Ayodhya. Sunday saw a game of hide-and-seek being played out with VHP leaders trying to sneak in to various hideouts to start their yatra while police kept vigil on every street to prevent them from doing so. AP
7/7Police stand outside a Hindu temple in Ayodhya. Sunday saw a game of hide-and-seek being played out with VHP leaders trying to sneak in to various hideouts to start their yatra while police kept vigil on every street to prevent them from doing so. AP
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