Ahead of the much-awaited verdict by the Supreme Court in the Ayodhya land dispute case, Justice FM Kalifulla, one of the mediators in Ayodhya case spoke to the media before the verdict on Saturday, November 9. He said, "There should be peace, there should be communal harmony. People should not fight on the ground of communalism." He added, "I am fully satisfied with the mediation process and you will know very soon."
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.