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Ayodhya case verdict: Police identifying colleges for makeshift prisons

College principals have raised concerns that the move may lead to delays in completing syllabus and possible closure of institutes.

Written by Avaneesh Mishra | Lucknow |
November 8, 2019 2:12:16 am
Security personnel in Ayodhya Wednesday, ahead of the SC verdict in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case. (Express photo by Asad Rehman)

Anticipating a large number of preventive arrests to maintain law and order ahead of the Ayodhya case verdict, the police and district administrations have started identifying colleges and government buildings that can be used as makeshift prisons in the neighbouring districts of Ayodhya.

So far, eight colleges in Ambedkar Nagar, and six colleges and government buildings in Barabanki have been selected. According to district officials of the two districts, a directive on makeshift prisons was issued to them by the government.

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However, college principals have raised concerns that the move may lead to delays in completing syllabus and possible closure of institutes.

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“In view of the Ayodhya verdict, we have made all the preparations and divided the whole district in five zones and 18 sectors. Quick response teams have been formed at all the police stations with 12 check points,” Ambedkar Nagar SP Virendra Kumar Misra said.

Ambedkar Nagar Additional SP Avanish Mishra further said that no permanent police teams would be deployed in the chosen colleges, and that the District Inspector Of Schools (DIOS) has asked the administration of these schools and colleges to be prepared to handover the building immediately when required by the police.

Security personnel in Ayodhya Wednesday. (Express photo by Asad Rehman)

Tej Pratap Verma, principal of Dr Ashok Smarak Degree College, which is one of the identified colleges, told The Indian Express that at a time when they were scrambling to complete the syllabus, classes as well as exams will be affected by this order.

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“We were not consulted. We are yet to receive any letter… If people are to stay here, we will have to make arrangements. Studies will be affected and will certainly have to shut the college,” said the principal.

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