Chandigarh, July 30
Ahead of August 5 groundbreaking ceremony for Ram temple, a priest and about a dozen policemen on duty at Ayodhya have tested positive for coronavirus. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the ceremony along with 50 VIPs.
Pradeep Das, the assistant to the chief priest confirmed to the media that he had tested positive for coronavirus. Also, the temple trust has confirmed that 16 policemen who tested positive were engaged in security duties at the Ram Janmabhoomi complex.
The ceremony will be held amid tight security and stringent safety rules for coronavirus. Around 200 people will be present for the ceremony at the complex. The number will include priests, securitymen, guests and some locals, the Trust said.