Ashok Singhal taken into custody

25 August 2013

In a bid to prevent Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) to hold a rally to Ayodhya temple, the Uttar Pradesh government has cracked down top VHP leaders. Senior VHP leader Ashok Singhal has been detained at Lucknow airport and is likely to be sent back to Delhi. Clamping down on the proposed yatra, the UP government also arrested senior VHP leader Praveen Togadia on Sunday (August 25) morning after he defied prohibitory orders. Earlier, setting the stage for a confrontation with the UP government, VHP inaugurated its controversial yatra from Ayodhya amidst a massive crackdown launched by the administration which has arrested over 500 people including a former BJP MP and a sitting MLA.