Priest, 14 security personnel test Covid-19 positive at Ayodhya’s Ram Janambhoomi complex

A priest and 14 policemen on duty at Ayodhya’s Ram Janambhoomi complex, where the groundbreaking ceremony for the Ram temple is to be held on August 5, have tested positive for coronavirus.

Pradeep Das, the assistant to the chief priest said he has tested positive for coronavirus while, the other four priests at the makeshift temple, including chief priest Satyendra Das, have however all tested negative for the virus.

The policemen who tested positive were engaged in security duties at the Ram Janmabhoomi complex, the temple trust said. While fur of them were on permanent duty inside the complex, the rest took turns sometimes.

Last Saturday, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had visited the Ram Janmabhoomi complex to review preparations for the August 5 event. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to attend the ceremony along with 50 VIPs.