The Home Ministry in India on Friday asked all states to remain on high alert
on December 6 - the 17th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition.
The Ministry also asked states to deploy security forces in
"It is possible
that some misdirected elements may wish to disturb communal peace
and harmony. Hence, all state governments have been advised to
remain on high alert. Security forces will be deployed for
maintaining law and order in sensitive places," the home ministry
said here in a press statement.
The ministry said
it appeals to all sections of the people to maintain communal peace
and harmony ahead of the Babri razing anniversary on Dec 6.
"The year 2009 has
been remarkably free of any communal conflict. All religious
festivals were celebrated peacefully. It sincerely hopes that all
sections of the people will heed this appeal and cooperate with the
central government and the state governments to maintain communal
peace and harmony," the statement added.
The Babri Masjid
in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, was demolished on December 6 in 1992, by
Hindu right-wing groups. Justice Liberhan Commission formed
immediately after the incident in its report tabled in the
parliament last week had confirmed the involvement of BJP and Sangh
Parivar leaders for the demolition.
The communal riots
that followed the tragic incident had taken thousands of life. Every
year since December 6, 1992, Indian Muslims stage protests
condemning the incident and demanding for the reconstruction of the
mosque as promised by then Prime Minister PV Nersimha Rao.
SP to organise minority
Samajwadi Party will organise a minority conference in Kanpur
Saturday to discuss main problems of Muslims in the country, party
"On the eve of the
17th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid, we have
decided to hold the conference that will witness participation of
prominent Muslim clerics and Ulemas," Samajwadi Party state
spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary told reporters here.
conference, leading clerics and Ulemas would have deliberations on
the state of Muslims in the country, particularly in Uttar Pradesh,
their problems, and suggest measures for the upliftment of the
minority community," he added.
Party general secretary Amar Singh, the party's MLA in Maharashtra
Abu Azami, and a number of party leaders would attend the minority
conference in Kanpur, some 80 km from Lucknow.
"We would also
felicitate Azmi-ji at the conference for taking oath in national
language despite being assaulted by MNS legislators inside the
Maharashtra assembly," said Chaudhary.
""By taking oath
in Hindi our MLA (Azmi) had not only shown patriotism, but also
given a reply to those posing threat to unity and integrity of the
country," he added.
(with inputs from IANS)