Security beefed up ahead of verdict; 1.90 lakh personnel in UP
New Delhi: As the countdown began for the
Ayodhya title suit verdict, security was today beefed up
throughout the country and reinforcements tightened in and
around the disputed site in Uttar Pradesh, which has been
placed under high alert.
Intensive searches were being carried out in the twin
towns on Ayodhya and Faizabad and security personnel deployed
there have been equipped with tear gas shells and rubber
bullets. Intelligence units have also been put on high alert
to monitor movement and activities of anti-social elements.
As a preventive measure, aerial survey, including at
night, of sensitive places, including Ram Janmbhoomi complex
in Ayodhya has been done, a senior official said in Lucknow.
A heavy reinforcement of CRPF personnel has been made in
and around the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court which
will pronounce the verdict. Security of the three judges on
the bench has already been beefed up.
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. As a preventive measure,
liquor and firecrackers shops would remain closed tomorrow.
Security forces had already staged flag marches in all the
sensitive places and districts, including Ayodhya, Varanasi
and Mathura. The UP government has already identified 25
districts as sensitive and 19 others as hyper-sensitive.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia
Gandhi have appealed to the people to maintain equanimity and
tranquility in the aftermath of the Allahabad High Court's
judgement tomorrow and asked them to "accept whatever" the
The Centre has kept forces in readiness at 16 places for
quick deployment, including by helicopters and heavy lift
aircraft like IL-76 and An-32.
The Home Ministry has issued an advisory to states and
Union Territories to keep the forces on high alert as the
judgement could trigger "sharp reactions".
Home Minister P Chidambaram said 1.90 lakh security
personnel are available in Uttar Pradesh, which is more than
enough to maintain law and order situation.
Chidambaram has already appealed for peace and advised
against any hasty conclusion that one side has won or the
other has lost in the case.