//Govt to consider VHP proposal for task force on security

Govt to consider VHP proposal for task force on security


New Delhi, Mar 15: The government today agreed to consider a VHP proposal to set up a task force to study the security of religious places across the country in the wake of terrorist attacks on temples in Ayodhya and Varanasi.

This was conveyed by Home Minister Shivraj Patil to a delegation of Hindu religious leaders led by VHP supremo Ashok Singhal who called on the minister at the north block here, sources said.

The delegation had expressed serious concern over the "growing attacks" on Hindu religious places including Akshardham in Gujarat, Raghunath temple in Jammu, Ram Janambhoomi temple in Ayodhya and recently at Varanasi’s Sankat Mochan temple and demanded urgent remedial measures.

However, Patil pointed out that the since law and order was a state subject, he would speak to the state governments in this regard, the sources said.

Meanwhile, emerging from the hour long meeting, Singhal told reporters that the delegation had sought constitution of the task force and the government has agreed to look into it.

Singhal was accompanied among others by swami Satyamitrananda Giri, mahant Nritya Gopal Dass of Ram Janambhoomi Nyas, Avichal Das of Gujarat and VHP leader Rajendra Singh Pankaj.

Zee News Bureau Report