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Print edition : September 20, 2013

Ayodhya, August 25: Pravin Togadia, international working president of the VHP, being arrested outside the Sadguru temple at Gola Ghat. A large contingent of police with senior officers was in search of the VHP leader, who hid in temples after entering the town. He was arrested when he came out to start the Chaurasi Kosi Parikrama. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury

VHP Chief Ashok Singhal was taken into custody at the Lucknow airport on August 25. Photo: Nand Kumar/PTI

VHP members trying to start on the parikrama in Ayodhya before being stopped by the police on August 25. Photo: Sanjay Kanojia/AFP

A deserted Karsevakpuram after the VHP misadventure. Photo: VENKITESH RAMAKRISHNAN

Mahant Hardayal Sastri and Haji Mahboob Ahmad at the latter's house on August 28. They discussed plans to hold meetings for a negotiated settlement to the mosque-temple dispute. Photo: Venkitesh Ramakrishnan

The VHP’s Ayodhya Parikrama leaves the temple town and its twin city cold, but the Sangh Parivar presses ahead in the hope of electoral benefits elsewhere in Uttar Pradesh.
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