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Prominent Ayodhya seer arrested on eighth day of fast unto death for Ram temple

Press Trust of India  |  Ayodhya 

A prominent Hindu seer, who has been on hunger strike here for the last eight days to persuade Modi to start building the Ram Temple, was arrested on the early hours Monday, an said.

The arrested of in Ayodhya at around 1 am, hours before former VHP leader was to meet him, he said.

After arresting Das, the police picked up four more seers who tried to sit on hunger strike in place of Das, besides putting transgender leader and supporters under house arrest, the added.

Bindu and other transgender community members have extended support to Das demanding from Modi to take steps for an early construction of the temple in Ayodhya.

The arrests were preceded by a heavy, midnight deployment of police posse, which even resorted to cane charging to disperse the restive crowd of seers and their supporters, said eyewitnesses.

The police had earlier imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC, anticipating law and order problems.

of told that a heavy posse of policemen entered the premises of after disconnecting its power supply and charged cane on seers sitting on huger strike in support of Das.

When Das tried to oppose the "barbaric police action", he was dragged by the policemen to a waiting police van, which sped away from the spot, Mahant Shastri claimed.

The police decided to arrest the agitating seer and his supporters after the negotiations between the government and Das failed, Shastri said, adding the government was pressurising Das to break his fast but failed to persuade him.

After Das' arrest, of Police said the seer's condition was deteriorating and he has been admitted to (SGPGI),

Das was on an indefinite hunger strike to protest against the alleged "inaction" of the ruling BJP and the on the issue of building

Mahant Das, who started his fast on October 1 at Tapaswi Chhawni Temple, had announced that he would continue his fast unto death unless the starts building the temple or brings a resolution in Parliament for it.

In a statement to earlier, Mahant hadsaid, "Modi has time till I am alive. I will not break my fast and will die unless the BJP and the starts building "

He had said from a mere corporator to the of - presently all are from the BJP but they are not doing anything for

The Hindus have elected a BJP government only for the cause of Ram Janambhoomi, but the party is silent over the issue and not coming forward for its cause, which has made me decide to give my life," he had said.

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First Published: Mon, October 08 2018. 23:30 IST
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