UP makes security arrangements ahead of Babri verdict

Last Updated: Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 22:44

Lucknow: With the Allahabad High Court
likely to deliver its verdict on the title suit of Ram
Janmbhoomi-Babri Mosque next month, Uttar Pradesh police has
chalked out a security plan and sought an additional 4,500
paramilitary personnel from the Centre.

"As per the special plan chalked out in this regard,
eight ADGs and five IGs have been given additional 16 ranges
in the state, besides a DG has been nominated as special
observer," officials said here today.
The DGP has asked these officers to report to their
respective ranges in the first week of September, they said.

The district level officers have also been asked to
identify sensitive and hyper-sensitive areas in their
respective region, they said.

Leaves of policemen have also been cancelled.

The government has demanded 458 companies of Central
forces to pre-empt any retaliation to the verdict.

"The verdict by the special Lucknow bench of Allahabad
High Court is expected anytime in the second half of September
and the state has to prepare for any reaction to it,
therefore, it has asked the Centre for 458 companies of the
central forces," a senior government official told PTI.

As the dispute in the past has led to several
incidents, it is essential that we take every necessary step
to pre-empt any trouble and retaliation, he said, adding that
though the demand has been made, the state is yet to receive a
positive reply from Centre.
In view of the expected verdict, 19 of the total 72
districts of the state have been identified as hyper-sensitive
besides, 25 others as sensitive, the official said.

The districts which have been identified as hyper
sensitive include Faizabad, Lucknow, Bareilly, Muzaffarnagar,
Meerut, Moradabad, Kanpur, Bulandshahr, Bahraich, Gorakhpur,
Allahabad, Aligarh, Bijnore, Gonda, Mathura, Varanasi, Agra,
Ghaziabad and Rampur.

The official said that in the event of denial of
central forces, the state would have to make arrangements for
the security on its own.

The state has 82 thousand district police force, 150
companies of the PAC , 80 thousand home guards and 20 thousand
PRD jawans.

The Centre had allotted 260 companies in 1990 and 375
companies were sent in 1992 when the disputed structure was
demolished.

During the Ayodhya movement in 1990, the state had
identified 14 districts as hyper sensitive, while in 1992 the
state had 16 hyper sensitive districts.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 22:44

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