Prohibitory orders remained in force in the district in view of the VHP's 'panch-kosi parikrama', which is now slated to start from tomorrow.
Although the VHP, whose '84 Kosi Yatra' was dealt with a heavy hand by the Uttar Pradesh government, had earlier announced to start the 'yatra' from today, but its spokesperson Sharad Sharma said that due to today's 'yagna' at Karsevakpuram in Ayodhya, it will commence from Monday. The 'yatra' is meant to promote the demand for a Ram Mandir at the disputed site, he said. Today, VHP activists remained confined to their local headquarters at Karsewkpuram.
According to the reports from VHP camp, the VHP leaders and 'sadhus', who were expected to arrive on Saturday to start the 'parikrama' today, didn't reach Karsewakpuram. However, Faizabad administrations remained busy throughout the day guarding the 'parikrama' route specially the minority-dominated pockets, and the areas of mixed populations adjacent to 'yatra' route.
The administration was cautious and on high-alert keeping in view the Muzaffarnagar riots. Talking to PTI, Faizabad Superintendent of Police Ram Sewak Gautam told that the security forces are on high-alert and our aim is to maintain communal harmony and peace.