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Ayodhya: Security stepped up ahead of Babri demolition anniversary

IndiaTimes Saturday, 16 November 2019
Security around Ramjanmabhoomi, which falls in the 'red zone' high-security area, has been stepped up and other landmark religious sites around it are also under tight vigil, Ayodhya DM Anuj Jha told PTI. "We had kept a hawk-eye vigil across the temple town and other parts of the district till the verdict, and security will remain intensified till the Babri (Masjid) demolition anniversary," he said.
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