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Ayodhya verdict: Police stretched with religious events, UP seeks central forces

As of now, the Ministry of Home Affairs has agreed to send 40 additional companies of the CRPF — around 3,500 personnel — to the state and they would be exclusively deployed in Ayodhya, said sources.

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhi |
November 7, 2019 2:37:09 am
Security personnel in Ayodhya Wednesday. (Express photo by Asad Rehman)

In view of the impending judgment in the Ayodhya case, the Uttar Pradesh police is sweating over tightening security in the state and demanding central forces in large numbers to be deployed ahead of the judgment.

As of now, the Ministry of Home Affairs has agreed to send 40 additional companies of the CRPF — around 3,500 personnel — to the state and they would be exclusively deployed in Ayodhya, said sources. Apart from this, sources said, four battalions — 4,000 personnel — of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) stationed in Mathura, Aligarh, Allahabad and Lucknow have been put on alert. Five more battalions of CRPF spread across the state have been asked to be on standby.

The state, however, is demanding more forces. “Our challenges have been compounded because of Parikrama (a religious function) beginning from Thursday. We have a floating population of 25-30 lakh per day. Then, 8-10 lakh people are visiting Ayodhya daily. To add to it, from November 11 to 13, there is Kartik Purnima fair in the state which will see more people coming in. Our hands are full. In between, if the judgment comes, we are expecting a further rush of people to Ayodhya. The biggest question is whether we are going to restrict ground movement in this period. Our manpower is totally stretched. We want more central forces,” a senior UP police officer said.

Meanwhile, UP police is taking every step to ensure that no untoward incident takes place after the judgment is announced. “ We are strategising the forces through foot patrolling, random checking as well as keeping an eye on anti-social and communal elements,” UP DGP O P Singh said.

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