Ayodhya verdict: States asked to toughen security

Fearing law and order problems, the Centre has asked states to strengthen security to prevent attempts by any element to disturb peace after the Allahabad HC gives its verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit.

Last Updated: Aug 31, 2010, 22:22 PM IST

New Delhi: Fearing law and order problems,
the Centre has asked states to strengthen security to prevent
attempts by any element to disturb peace after the Allahabad
High Court gives its verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri
Masjid title suit.

Meanwhile, the Home Ministry has prepared a contingency
plan, particularly for Uttar Pradesh, to deal with any
situation arising out of the court order.

In an advisory, the Home Ministry has asked all states
and Union Territories to give maintaining law and order "top
most priority" as the judgement, expected sometime in the
second half of September, has the potential to "evoke sharp
reactions".

In its communication, the Ministry also informed states
and UTs of the activities of various religious groups which
have already announced a countrywide mass mobilisation and
awareness campaign in view of the forthcoming court verdict.

Maintaining that the court verdict "is likely to evoke
sharp reactions and communal passions among both Hindus and
Muslims depending on the way the judgement goes", the Ministry
asked states and UTs to keep a close watch on activities of
religious bodies of both the communities in the run-up to the
judgement.

The Home Ministry also has prepared a contingency plan to
deal with any situation anywhere in the country.

It has asked central paramilitary forces, including CRPF
and Rapid Action Force (RAF), to be ready with reinforcement
as and when needed by states for deployment in sensitive areas
prior to the verdict.

The Uttar Pradesh government has already sought nearly
50,000 central paramilitary personnel to tackle any situation.

After the request last week, Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh yesterday had a meeting with Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee, Home Minister P Chidambaram and Defence Minister A
K Antony on the issue.

UP government has written to the Centre seeking 485
companies (about 48,500 personnel) to be deployed across the
state in wake of the judgement.

The special full Bench of the Allahabad HC at Lucknow has
already completed hearing of the final argument of the Ram
Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit and kept its judgement
reserved.

PTI