Published:  03:07 AM, 05 November 2019

Media debates banned

Ayodhya prepares for Babri Masjid verdict

Media debates banned

Ahead of the Supreme Court's verdict on the Ayodhya title suit case which is expected later this month, the district magistrate (DM) has issued directives to people not to make any defamatory remarks against any religion, community, deities, eminent personalities on social media platforms. People have also been barred from holding any event regarding the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.

The order issued by DM Ayodhya Anuj Jha October 31 said, "No individual, group or organization will be allowed to disrupt communal harmony. No person except public servants deployed for security will be allowed to carry weapons, explosive materials in public places. People will also not be allowed to carry licensed weapons in any program. The administration will  not allow people to assemble in any area of the temple town with an intent to create any mischief."

"No individual or group will be allowed to hold any program in public places or private properties which could hurt the sentiments of people. No hoardings, posters and banners will be allowed anywhere in the district without permission from the administration," the order said.

"The administration will also not be allowing any individual, group or political parties to organize programs, processions, public rallies without permission. Burning effigies and making inflammatory speeches will also not be allowed," according to the circular issued by the district administration.

The administration even said that no attempts should be made to post controversial and derogatory remarks against any religion, community, deities, eminent personalities on social media platforms. Such posts shall also not be shared by people which could create tension in the society. No program, procession and rally regarding the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid dispute will be allowed in the temple town. There shall not be any controversial post regarding the title suit case on social media, the administration said.

Moreover, the administration has barred media debates in the temple town without its permission.People have also been barred to throw animal flesh in public places. Even, the gathering of more than five people at any place will also not be allowed without permission.

Section 144 has been extended in Ayodhya till December 28. Those violating the order will be booked under section 188 of the IPC (disobedience of an order promulgated by public servant).

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