Updated: November 7, 2019 9:40:46 pm
The Centre has asked all states Thursday to remain alert ahead of the Supreme Court judgment on the decades-long Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute, PTI quoted officials as saying. The apex court is expected to deliver its verdict on the case before Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi retires on November 17.
Security beefed up in Uttar Pradesh
The Uttar Pradesh goverment will set up control rooms in every district to monitor law and order, maintain communication with religious leaders, public representative and take action against those posting inflammatory messages on social media, ahead of Ayodhya verdict and Barawafat, the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed. The state government will also do security audits of all religious places and make helicopter arrangements in Ayodhya and Lucknow.
To ensure security in sensitive areas, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has also dispatched around 4,000 paramilitary personnel for security deployment in Uttar Pradesh, particularly in Ayodhya.
“A general advisory has been sent to all states and Union territories asking them to deploy adequate security personnel in all sensitive places and ensure that no untoward incident takes place anywhere in the country,” a home ministry official told PTI.
The ministry has rushed 40 companies of paramilitary forces to UP to assist the state government in maintaining law and order. A company of paramilitary forces comprises about 100 personnel.
Railway Advisory ahead of Ayodhya verdict
The Railway police has also issued a seven-page advisory to all zones on security preparedness ahead of the verdict. The advisory also said that a close watch should be kept on religious structures near and within rly stns as they may become “flash points” of violence.
The Railway police cancelled leave of its force and stepped up vigil at 78 major stations and on trains as part of its security preparedness ahead of Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict expected next week.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad(VHP), meanwhile, has stopped stone carving work for the construction of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya for the first time since 1990. All the artisans involved in the work have returned to their homes, said VHP spokesperson Sharad Sharma.
He said the decision to stop the carving was taken by top leaders of the VHP, a Hindu right-wing organization that has been at the forefront of the movement demanding the construction of a ‘grand temple’ dedicated to Lord Ram at the site of the demolished Babri Masjid.
A five-judge Constitution bench led by CJI Gogoi had reserved its verdict in the politically sensitive case on October 16 after a marathon 40-day hearing.
The legal battle of the title dispute is between Hindus and Muslims with the former claiming that the disputed land is actually the birthplace of Lord Ram where a mosque was built in 1528 by Babur’s commander Mir Baqi.
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