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. Ahead of the verdict, Ayodhya District Magistrate Anuj Jha spoke to Republic TV about the state of normalcy in Ayodhya. Stating the situation to completely normal and routine in the city, Jha said that they have prepared to implement the decision in 'Letter and Spirit'.
"The situation is completely routine and normal. Markets are open as usual and Ayodhya being a religious city is having usual temple worship program like any other day. Security arrangements have definitely been made keeping with regard to the significance of the decision. We have to see the decision and how it develops. We will see how people react to the decision. After that, whatever the decision is, we have to implement it in Letter and Spirit. We have made appropriate arrangements for that."
In Ayodhya, so far, 18,000 state police personnel, 3,000 state Rapid Action Force staff, and 4,000 Central troops have been deployed to maintain law and order. Security 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. Schools in various parts of the country have been closed for today as a precautionary measure ahead of the verdict. Section 144 of the CrPC has been imposed across various states such as Jammu & Kashmir and Madhya Pradesh, besides Uttar Pradesh. Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi's security has been upgraded to Z-plus, which is one of the highest and is provided by one of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), preferably the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh have also been provided with Z-plus security cover. Apart from this, security outside the residences of the five judges on the Constitution Bench has also reportedly been beefed up.