POLICE DEPLOYMENT in Maharashtra has been stepped up ahead of the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Ramjanmab-hoomi-Babri Masjid case on Saturday. The Maharashtra Police will be assisted by SRPF companies and other paramilitary forces that will be present on the ground across the state.
The police have also invoked sections of the Bombay Police Act, which prohibits assembly of more than five persons. The police have engaged with community leaders from both Hindu and Muslim communities to ensure that there are no “victory parades” carried out and that both sides accept the Supreme Court verdict.
Mumbai Police spokesperson Pranay Ashok said, “We have adequate bandobast across the city. Under the Bombay Police Act, the assembly of more than five persons is prohibited.”
Over the past few weeks, the cyber wing of Maharashtra Police has been trawling social media to ensure that no inflammatory posts are uploaded. In certain police districts across the state, administrators of WhatsApp groups have been asked to activate the option that allows only them to post messages in the group.