Security stepped up across UP ahead of Ayodhya verdict

Security has been stepped up across Uttar Pradesh to check any law and order problem that may arise after the court verdict on Ayodhya title suits is pronounced on September 24.

Updated: Sep 09, 2010, 13:55 PM IST

Lucknow: Security has been stepped up across Uttar Pradesh to check any law and order problem that may arise after the court verdict on Ayodhya title suits is pronounced on September 24.

The security in the court compound as well as that provided to the three judges concerned with the case has been increased, a senior police official said.

The staff of the concerned judges is also being provided adequate security in view of the sensitive nature of the case, the official said adding CRPF deployment has been
increased and strict restrictions will be in force on movement in and around the court on September 24.

Senior police officials led by principal secretary, Home Fateh Bahadur held discussions last night to review the security arrangements in the state.

DGP Karamvir Singh and ADG Law and order Brij lal had been extensively touring the state for the past one week so as to review the situation and seek public participation in
maintaining peace and order.

This is the first time that a move has been made to ensure peoples participation in maintaining peace at the most crucial of times to check any adverse reaction from the
public, the official said adding lekhpals, shiksha mitras and teachers in villages are also being involved.

This step has been taken as there was no response from the Centre to the demand for over 400 companies of the central forces though the prime minister had said that maintaining law and order after the verdict was a top priority, the official said.

"From our own resources we are allocating forces to different districts with a special plan for the 19 districts which have been identified as hyper sensitive and 25 others
which have been identified as sensitive."

Deployment plan involving 82,000 civil police, 150 companies of the PAC, 80,000 home guards and 20,000 PRD jawans has been worked out, the official said adding foolproof
arrangements are being put into force to effectively check any reaction to the verdict.

Yesterday, UP had asked the Centre for 63,000 additional paramilitary personnel to deal with any law and order problems following the court verdict.

PTI