All Eyes On Supreme Court For Ayodhya Verdict; Security Beefed up Across Country


Bhubaneswar: Even as the Supreme Court is likely to pronounce its verdict on the sensitive Ayodhya Title suit today at 10: 30 am, most of the state governments have tightened security arrangements to avoid any untoward incident. This comes after yesterday’s unprecedented meeting of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi with UP Chief Secretary and Police DG. While schools and colleges have been directed to remain shut in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka and Delhi, Section 144 has been clamped in Uttar Pradesh.

The Supreme Court of India will deliver its ruling on the sensitive case of Ram Janmbhoomi Babri Masjid land dispute that has been in courts for more than seven decades. The five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi will pronounce its verdict. Other members of the Bench include Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer. The judgment comes after 40 days of marathon hearing.

In view of the sensitivity attached with the case and the verdict going either way, anticipating strong reactions to the verdict from various sections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked his Council of Ministers to refrain from making unnecessary statements on the issue and to maintain harmony in the country. Meanwhile, UP government has made high security arrangements across the state as it braces for the verdict.

Security Beefed up in Mumbai

In Mumbai, the police have boosted security across the city, especially in sensitive areas. The cyber police team will also keep a close watch on social media activities ahead of the verdict, according to reports.

Sec 144 Imposed across UP

Section 144 has been imposed across Uttar Pradesh. And schools, colleges, educational institutions and training centres in the state have been ordered to remain closed till Monday. Prohibitory orders have already been imposed in Ayodhya to prevent any law and order situation in the aftermath of the verdict.

Internet Services Suspended in Aligarh

Internet services have been suspended for 24 hours starting 12 AM on November 09 in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh District. Security forces have been deployed. All schools, colleges and educational institutions remain closed for 3 days. Police forces will be deployed everywhere, the district administration said.

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