India remains calm after Ayodhya verdict
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Last Updated: Thursday, September 30, 2010, 22:45
Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: India reacted like a mature democracy on Thursday when a 60-year old case of ownership regarding the holy site of Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri mosque was announced in favour of all parties involved what with the Allahabad HC deciding to divide the land amongst all parties.

The twin cities of Ayodhya and Faizabad remained peaceful. "There was no report of any kind of violence in the entire district," Superintendent of Police (City) Rajesh Kumar Rai told IANS.

"Maintaining peace and communal harmony was definitely a challenge for the security personnel. And now, I personally feel that we have succeeded in our target," added Rai, who was is the in-charge of the heavy security arrangements that have come up in the twin cities.

Nearly 20,000 security personnel from paramilitary forces, Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and other security agencies are camping in the Faizabad district.

Rai said that the residents of Ayodhya played a pivotal role in maintaining law and order ahead of the crucial judgement.

West Bengal, where the security was intensified was peaceful with no untoward incident reported from anywhere in the state.

Security was tight in the city where 18 of the 43 police stations areas were declared sensitive with radio flying squads on patrol since last night.

Security was also strengthened in communally sensitive districts like Murshidabad and North Dinajpur, police said. Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and other political parties, appealed for peace and harmony.

Delhi Police kept a tight vigil over the city to ensure that no untoward incident take place in the capital of the country.

All the police stations in the city were on high alert, a senior police official said. The official said the security arrangement made for the Games in itself were useful in preventing any incidents arising out of the verdict on the Ayodhya issue.

Many shops in the busy Chandni Chowk market were closed before the court pronounced the verdict.

Apparently fearing trouble, many multi-national companies closed down their operations by 3 pm and allowed their employees to go home. There were no reports of any untoward incidents in the city.

Maharashtra which is on alert remained calm and no untoward incident was reported, police said.

Amidst thick security cover with over 2.5 lakh security personnel keeping a strict vigil across the state, many cities including Mumbai wore deserted look as most people stayed indoors while some who went to offices went home early.

"No untoward incident was reported in the state. It remained absolutely calm. The security arrangements would continue for a couple of days," said K P Raghuvanshi, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order).

The city, which had witnessed large-scale riots post- Babri Masjid demolition in 1992, also remained calm amidst security personnel armed with guns, lathis and riot control equipment on the streets.

Public transport vehicles continued to ply but with a few passengers while a very few private vehicles were seen on the city's busy roads. Trains ran nearly empty.

The tight security cover will not be relaxed, he said adding so far nearly 7,000 troublemakers were arrested under preventive measure.

Notices have been served to nearly 1,200 persons, some of them associated with political parties, warning them against indulging in any activity that causes law and order problem in the city.

Cities and towns in Madhya Pradesh wore a deserted look ahead of the verdict on the Ayodhya title suit and there were no reports of any disturbance in the communally sensitive areas of the city.

Karnataka remained peaceful Thursday as police maintained strict vigil across the state even hours after the Ayodhya verdict was pronounced. "There has been no report of any untoward incident from anywhere in the state so far. Though peace prevails, we are keeping a strict vigil to ensure law and order is maintained," Gopal Hosur, state additional director general of police, told IANS.

In India's tech hub, uneasy calm prevailed throughout the day with roads nearly deserted after 4 p.m. as several companies, including IT bellwethers Infosys and Wipro, deciding to shut offices at 2 p.m. to ensure their employees reached home safely before the verdict.

With the state government declaring a two-day holiday for all schools and colleges from Thursday and many IT firms opting for early working hours, vehicular movement was 50 percent less than normal in the city.

Tens of thousands of security personnel were posted across India ahead of the Ayodhya verdict. From Kashmir to Kerala, many states were on "extra vigil" fearing trouble in the aftermath of the judgment.

"We are monitoring the situation minute-by-minute," an official in the home ministry told IANS. "So far satisfactory. We hope the situation will remain peaceful after the judgment too."

Gujarat too remained calm even as the security personnel maintained vigil to deal with any contingency.

Official sources said that no untoward incident was been reported after the Ayodhya verdict and police and additional reinforcements, including the Rapid Action Force (RAF), continue to be on an alert.

Police zealousness to maintain law and order in the communally sensitive city of Hyderabad drew flak from certain quarters here. Locals complained that police created a virtual curfew -like situation by forcing shopkeepers to down their shutters since 12 noon, a charge strongly denied by the Andhra DGP. DGP K Aravinda Rao, however, denied having enforced a bandh in the city.

The situation in Jharkhand remained peaceful in the entire state with prohibitory orders under CrPC clamped in several districts amid tight security as a precautionary measure, police said.

Several shops in Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Hazaribagh chose to down shutters early despite Durga puja and Dussehra few days away.

- Agencies inputs

First Published: Thursday, September 30, 2010, 22:45

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