New Delhi: A 5-member constitution bench of the Supreme Court will give its verdict on the Ayodhya dispute on Saturday. According to the news agency, the court has scheduled it. The Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi can pronounce the verdict at 10.30 am. The bench reserved the verdict on 16 October after hearing the arguments of the Hindu and Muslim sides for 40 days.
Earlier, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Ranjan Gogoi met several senior officers including Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary RK Tiwari, DGP Omprakash Singh. During this, the Chief Justice discussed the security preparedness of the state before the decision in the Ayodhya case. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who presides over the constitution bench, will retire on November 17.
Administration asked for 100 companies of the force: Ayodhya district is divided into four zones – Red, Yellow, Green and Blue. The disputed campus is located in the Red Zone. According to the police, the security plan is being made in such a way that entire Ayodhya can be sealed on one order. The administration has asked for an additional 100 companies of paramilitary forces when the time for the decision is approaching. Earlier, 47 companies of security forces had arrived here on Deepotsav, which are still deployed.
The schools and colleges in UP will remain closed for three days in view of the upcoming Ayodhya verdict.
16000 volunteers posted: The Ayodhya Police have deployed 16,000 volunteers at 1600 locations in the district to monitor the spread of inflammatory content against any form of propaganda or any sect on social media. 3000 people are being identified and monitored to prevent disturbances.
Our preparations are complete, says DM: Ayodhya DM Anuj Kumar said that the administration has completed preparations. However, in view of the verdict, people living around the disputed place are collecting ration in the houses. However, he has been assured that normal life will not be affected. After the decision, talks have also been held regarding opening of schools.
Railways canceled RPF holidays: In view of the verdict on Ayodhya, the Railway Police Force (RPF) has also issued advisory. The 7-page document sent to all zone offices calls for special monitoring of platforms, stations and yards. At the same time, it has been asked to identify places sensitive to violence and where anti-social elements can hide explosives.
Tight seurity in place: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath have also ordered party leaders not to issue provocative statements.
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi met top officials of the Uttar Pradesh government on Friday ahead of the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case.
Several states across the country have increased security. Thousands of Hindu monks and devotees have been arriving in Ayodhya for the judgment.
Police are conducting mock drills, flag marches and drone surveillance in town to prepare for any possible fallout of the judgment.
The district magistrate Court had already imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in Ayodhya in October. Ayodhya’s district magistrate Anuj Kumar Jha had said in an order that Section 144 will be in effect till December 10.
Appeal for peace and calm: The appeal for peace and calm with regards to the verdict has been from leaders across the political spectrum, “given the communal history of the case, there is a fear of a repeat of the situation that prevailed at the time of the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.”
Various religious organisations and political leaders cutting across party lines have appealed for peace and asked both communities to honour the verdict, irrespective of the way the top court rules.