Centre to evolve consensus on more security in Ayodhya

New Delhi, Aug 30 | Updated: Aug 31 2006, 05:30am hrs
The Centre has told the Supreme Court that it was evolving a consensus and was in touch with the Uttar Pradesh government on the issue of revamping security at the disputed site in Ayodhya, including putting up bullet-proof walls around the Ram Lalla idol.

We are evolving consensus with concerned parties and had talks with the state government on the issue, additional solicitor general (ASG) Gopal Subramanian told a bench headed by Justice KG Balakrishnan on Tuesday.

The ASG sought time from the court to come before it with concrete suggestions. The Centre has sought the apex courts permission to carry out certain construction to strengthen security at the disputed site in Ayodhya, where the idol of Ram Lalla is placed.

The Centre had said the decision had been taken after discussions with the Uttar Pradesh government and various intelligence agencies. The courts permission was needed for carrying out any construction in the disputed complex in view of its earlier order to maintain status quo there.

The government had planned to install bullet-proof steel structures around the the idol of Ram Lalla to enhance security there in the wake of last years terrorist attack.

The Centre also had plans to install close circuit television and set up concrete bunkers at the disputed site.

PTI