Rally on Babri Masjid demolition anniversary foiled in Hyderabad

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An attempt by youth to take out a rally in Hyderabad to mark the 23rd anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition was foiled on Sunday, police said.

A few youths came out of a mosque in the afternoon raising slogans demanding reconstruction of the 16th century mosqie that was razed on this day in 1992 in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.

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Members of Darasgah Jihad-o-Shadat (DJS) tried to march from the mosque in Darulshifa area in Old City. But police arrested them for violating ban orders.

The situation in the city was peaceful amid a call for a shutdown given by some Muslim groups and plans by others to celebrate ‘Vijay Diwas’.

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Shops and businesses were closed in some parts of the old city. Black flags were hoisted in Muslim-majority areas.

Hundreds of policemen and personnel from paramilitary Rapid Action Force were deployed in the city, especially in the communally sensitive old city.

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As a precaution, police imposed orders banning the assembly of four or more people.

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