Uttar Pradesh Government on Saturday enhanced the security of Iqbal Ansari, a litigant in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi case, after he apprehended threat to the life of minorities living in Ayodhya in the coming days.
Sources said the local administration in Ayodhya provided a sub-inspector and four constables for extending the security of Ansari. The security personnel will remain with him till further orders.
Ansari had said that a huge gathering would be witnessed at the 'dharma sabha' being organised by Vishwa Hindu Parishad in Ayodhya on November 25 and it was possible that a mob of people attending the conclave could attack the minorities living in Ayodhya.
He had asked the Government to ensure security and safety of the minorities and also that the gathering in the name of 'dharma sabha' would not involve in any kind of unlawful activity.
After his security was enhanced, Ansari thanked the administration and said he had faith in the Government that it would maintain peace in the coming days.
It may be mentioned here that VHP international vice-president Champat Rai has called a 'dharma sabha' in Ayodhya on November 25 and has said that over one lakh people will attend it.
Earlier, Director General of Police OP Singh had also reacted to Ansari's security concern, saying that not only in Ayodhya, the minorities were feeling safe in the entire Uttar Pradesh as there had been no communal riot in the state in the past one-and-a-half year.
Singh's remark came soon after Ansari had reportedly said that Muslims were feeling unsafe in Ayodhya.
"Not only in Ayodhya, minorities are feeling safe in entire UP. In the past one-and-a-half year, there has not been any communal riot and wherever there was communal tension, it was contained timely," Singh had told reporters here last Wednesday.
The DGP had also said that Ansari could come and talk to him and he would direct the local officials to give security to the litigant in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi case.
"If anyone feels threatened, he can approach us or the local police. We will make arrangements so that he does not feel unsafe," the DGP had said.