Security stepped up ahead of Ayodhya verdict

With barely a day left for the verdict on the Ayodhya title suits to be pronounced by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court, an alert has been sounded across the Uttar Pradesh.

Updated: Sep 29, 2010, 12:26 PM IST

Lucknow: With barely a day left for the
verdict on the Ayodhya title suits to be pronounced by the
Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court, an alert has been
sounded across the Uttar Pradesh.

"An alert has been sounded across the state and Chief
Minister Mayawati has directed the administrative and police
officers in all districts to remain vigilant," a senior
official said here on Wednesday.

As a preventive measure aerial survey, including at
night, of sensitive places, including Ram Janmbhoomi complex
in Ayodhya has been done, he said.

Security has been stepped up further at important
installations across the state, including the High Courts.

Additional companies of CRPF have been deployed in and
around the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court.

The security at both Allahabad and Lucknow bench of
the High Court has been stepped up keeping in view of the
judgement tomorrow, sources said.

For security of Lucknow bench of the High Court, a
Superintendent of Police, six Additional SP, 22 deputy
SP, 144 sub inspectors, 104 head constables, 807 constables
and two companies of PAC (about 200 personnel) had been
deployed.

This would be in addition to central forces like CRPF
and RAF, they said.

Similarly, for Allahabad HC, two ASPs, 16 DSPs, six
inspectors, 30 sub inspectors, 200 constables, four
companies of PAC had been deployed.

On the administrative front, six additional district
magistrates and 20 sub-divisional magistrates have been posted
in Lucknow, while an ADM and 15 SDMs have been posted in
Allahabad to keep an eye on the situation.

Security of the three High Court judges had already
been beefed up in view of the verdict.

One platoon of PAC (about 20 personnel), five CRPF
personnel have been deployed at residence of all the three
judges, besides an escort and pilot car and one PSO each have
also been provided to them," a senior officer said.

A deputy SP rank officer has been made incharge of the
judges security, he added.

Borders with adjoining Nepal and Uttarakhand have been
sealed and a strict vigil was being maintained on all those
coming to the state from these sides.

The security forces had already staged flag marches in
all the sensitive places and districts, including Ayodhya,
Varanasi and Mathura, in the state and prohibitory orders had
been issued, sources said.

As a preventive measure, all liquor and firecrackers
shops would remain closed tomorrow, sources said.

As many as 52 companies of the CPMF, 150 companies of
the PAC, over 80,000 homeguards and 20,000 prantiya rakshak
dal personnel alongwith nearly 80,000 civil police had been
deployed for security, sources said.

The government has already identified 25 districts of
the state as sensitive and 19 others as hyper-sensitive.

These districts include Agra, Allahabad, Aligarh,
Azamgarh, Bareilly, Bahraich, Bulandshahr, Gonda, Gorakhpur,
Kanpur city, Meerut, Moradabad, Mau, Varanasi, Faizabad,
Mathura, Bijnore, Muzaffarnagar and Lucknow.

PTI