Ahead of the Ayodhya case verdict the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Ayodhya Ashish Tiwari spoke to Republic TV about the security arrangements set up by the government of Uttar Pradesh in the state. The SSP said that they have deployed all the police forces required and all the arrangements and equipment have been put in place. He also mentioned that the situation in Ayodhya is normal and they aim to maintain the same.
Speaking to Republic TV SSP Ashish Tiwari said, "We already have the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), Public Service Commission (PSC), local police, other states police forces, Home guard and we are also taking help of the National Cadet Corps (NCC). All the arrangements have been made and the police forces are arriving. For the equipment, we have CCTVs, drones, body cameras. Apart from these barriers and barricades have been put up. Overall inter-district 12 barriers and 16 internal barriers are also placed. The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) is also present at the site. All the other wings such as the fire department and radio are all working together. So all the arrangements have been made in place. Currently, the atmosphere in Ayodhya is quite normal and we want to continue it. That is what our aim is to give security and keep everything normal."
The long wait for the Ayodhya case verdict will come to an end on Saturday. According to the information given by the additional registrar of the Supreme Court, the apex court will be delivering its final verdict on November 9 at 10:30 am. The Uttar Pradesh Government ahead of the verdict has declared that all schools, colleges, and training centres will be shut from November 9 to November 11.
Ahead of the verdict, security in Ayodhya has been beefed up. So far, 18,000 police officers, 3,000 state Rapid Action Force staff and 4,000 Central forces have been deployed in Ayodhya to maintain law and order. Sources suggest that the forces have been directed by the Uttar Pradesh government to ensure that nobody is allowed to spread any communal message, including political and religious leaders within the State.
According to sources, State Chief Secretary and UP DGP themselves will be on ground zero to monitor the situation. The District Magistrate will be taking an hourly update directly from the Chief Minister's Office. The affected district and the neighbouring 3 districts will be in a lockdown position. Moreover, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will remain in a 'ready to move' position. Apart from this, 9 helicopters have been arranged for urgent movement basis while 3 separate choppers will be made available for aerial monitoring. Drones will also be used in sensitive areas to monitor any spurious activity.
The Ayodhya land dispute, which is one of the longest standing legal battles the country has seen, is expected to have large scale communal ramifications irrespective of which side the verdict favours. Various security prevention and other arrangements have been made to ensure peace and harmony in the country once the verdict is pronounced tomorrow. Section 144 has been already been imposed by the state in Kanpur, Bhopal, and Nagpur. A five-judge constitution bench had been hearing day-to-day arguments in the case that lasted 40 days. The final verdict was reserved by the Supreme Court on October 16.