Ahead of Ayodhya verdict, authorities ban processions, extend Section 144 till Dec 28https://indianexpress.com/article/india/ram-temple-ayodhya-supreme-court-verdict-restrictions-6103112/

Ahead of Ayodhya verdict, authorities ban processions, extend Section 144 till Dec 28

Besides extending prohibitory orders under Section 144 from December 10 to 28, the administration has imposed a ban on any event or processions marking a "victory" or "mourning" over the Supreme Court judgment.

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The Ayodhya district administration has tightened curbs under Section 144 in the area till December 28.

The Ayodhya district administration has passed a slew of directives ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on the decades-old Ram temple issue, with the District Magistrate appealing to the public to not share social media posts that may hurt the sentiments of any community.

“We just want to say that do not share or forward any defamatory social media posts that might hurt sentiments of any community. We have put necessary arrangements in place,” Ayodhya District Magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha told ANI.

Besides extending prohibitory orders under Section 144 from December 10 to 28, the administration has imposed a ban on any event or processions marking a “victory” or “mourning” over the Supreme Court judgment, PTI reported.

Hoarding and black-marketing of ration, cereals, vegetables, fruits, eggs and edible oils have also been banned.

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“No attempt should be allowed to make any insulting remarks on great personalities, deities and gods on any social media platform such as Instagram, Twitter and WhatsApp. Besides, no installation of idols of any deity will take place without permission from the district administration,” the order stated as quoted by PTI.

The order, which was first made public on October 10, has now been revised with a set of 30 detailed instructions. The new set of restrictions include a ban on any event, public programme, procession, rally and wall paintings related to Ramjanmabhoomi.

The order has categorically barred all individuals, except government officers, from carrying licensed weapons, unless permission is sought from the district administration.

“No individual will keep acid or any item that comprises potent explosive substance or chemical formula. Also, no one will carry stones, pebbles, broken glass pieces or even empty bottles,” stated the order.

There is also a ban on throwing any non-vegetarian leftovers at a public place. “Besides, no sale or consumption of meat, fish and eggs will take place on Kartik Purnima, Chaudahkosi and Panchkosi Parikrama Mela during this period,” the order stated.

On October 16, the Supreme Court concluded the hearing of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case and has reserved the judgment. The five-judge bench heard appeals against the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict, which ordered a three-way division of the disputed property.