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    Ram Mandir ‘Bhoomi Puja’: Security beefed in Assam districts

    The Kamrup (metro) district administration has asked city-based Hindu groups to refrain from organizing any religious function

    Guwahati: As the country witnessed in much awaited Bhumi Puja ceremony of Ram temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya on Wednesday, in Assam, security has been beefed up in two districts of Cachar and Karimganj in Barak valley, officials said.

    In both the district, the situation was observed as critical after a recent clash between two religious groups in Silchar’s Ghaniwala area on Sunday. Immediately, an indefinite curfew has been clamped in certain areas under the Malugram police outpost of Silchar from Monday.

    Similarly, executive magistrates have been appointed to oversee the situations in both districts. Central para-military and state security forces led by senior police officers have been too.

    Cachar District Magistrate Keerthi Jalli has appointed four Executive Magistrates to supervise the overall situations in the mixed populated district.

    Similar steps were taken in the neighbouring Karimganj district.

    Karimganj district administration too held a meeting on Tuesday with the senior citizens, leaders of various political parties, social activists and NGOs to help the administration maintain peace and tranquility.

    On Tuesday, the Kamrup (metro) district administration has asked city-based Hindu groups to refrain from organizing any religious function on Wednesday to celebrate the bhoomi pujan ceremony at the Ram Janmabhoomi site owing to the COVID 19 situation.

    The metro district administration held a meeting with the representatives of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Hindu Jagran Manch and Assam Jamiat in presence of top officials of Guwahati city police.

    Guwahati Police Joint Commissioner Debraj Upadhyay has asked all the groups to adhere to the Covid 19 protocols strictly and to maintain peace and harmony in the city.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday performed the Bhoomi Puja (laying of foundation stone) ceremony of Ram temple in Ayodhya amidst tight security.

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