Hours ahead of the much anticipated Ayodhya verdict, Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik took to Twitter and appealed to all the citizens to respect the Supreme Court judgement and stressed the need to live in peace and harmony. The most monumental event in Indian history, the Supreme Court of India is all set to give its verdict in the Ayodhya Land dispute on November 9, Saturday. This comes after the Supreme Court reserved its verdict after 40 days of marathon hearings on October 16.
Ahead of #AyodhyaVerdict, appeal to everyone to accept the judgement of Honourable #SupremeCourt. Let us continue to live in peace and harmony. The spirit of brotherhood is the hallmark of our secular fabric.— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) November 9, 2019
Mobile internet service suspended in sensitive areas of the country ahead of the verdict on Ayodhya land dispute case today. Delhi police have increased security measures across the national capital and instructed officials to keep a close watch on sensitive areas in the city while readying additional personnel for deployment in the event of a mishap. Security has been beefed up across the country. 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 CrPC has been clamped 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 a Z-plus security cover. Security outside the residences of the five judges on the Constitution Bench has also reportedly been beefed up.