Reinforced security in Mathura on the occasion of the anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid

Security has been stepped up in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, to prevent any untoward incidents in the city on the anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid. According to the ANI news agency, which quoted Chief Superintendent of Police (SSP) Gaurav Grover, security forces were deployed in large numbers across the city.

“To maintain public order, security has been tightened in Mathura. The city has been divided into superzones, zones and sectors. Several security forces have been deployed. Drones and video surveillance are used to monitor the public order situation. We also keep an eye out for social media posts inciting violence. Strict measures will be taken, ”ANI said citing the SSP.

Police Superintendent Martand Prakash Singh said security has been tightened at 145 checkpoints, adding that suspicious people and vehicles are being closely watched.

Meanwhile, article 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) is already in place in Mathura, prohibiting the gathering of four or more people.

Traffic advisory

Several traffic restrictions were also imposed to maintain public order. Vehicles will not be allowed to drive towards ‘Krishna Janmabhoomi’ or Deeng Gate, ANI said citing an official statement.

Traffic police also ordered that no heavy vehicles can enter the city from the Govardhan intersection. All vehicles bound for Masani at Bhuteshwar or Deeng Gate must use the Gokul Restaurant-Govardhan intersection road. No vehicle movement is allowed from Bharatpur Gate to Deeng Gate.

All four-wheelers and heavy vehicles were banned from Dhauli Pyau at the State Bank intersection and also from the Tank intersection at the State Bank intersection.

In addition, all heavy vehicles were banned from Krishnapuri, the intersection of Gokul Dam in Tank and Gokul Restaurant in Masani. Entry of all vehicles was prohibited on the road from Vrindavan / Masani to Mathura town and also from the Govardhan intersection to the Bhuteshwar intersection.

Traffic police also rerouted some roads in the city. The set of diversion orders includes the movement of vehicles that previously took the Yamuna Expressway from Gokul Restaurant via Masani, will now use the Vahan-Gokul Barrage-Lakshmi Nagar township road. Vehicles entering Mathura from the Yamuna Expressway from Vrindavan via Masani must take the Raya cut-Lakshmi Nagar road.

Anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid

December 6 marks the demolition of the Babri Masjid mosque in Ayodhya in 1992. Its demolition led to violence in several regions of the country.

(With contributions from the agency)

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