Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has appealed to the citizens to maintain peace ahead of Supreme Court's verdict on the Ayodhya dispute. The Chief Minister said people must accept the Supreme Court's verdict and the country's peace should not be disturbed.
"I was informed through news channels that the Supreme Court will give its verdict on the Ayodhya Dispute today. I am of the opinion that everyone should respect the court's decision and following and peaceful atmosphere must be maintained. There should be no dispute following the verdict," the Chief Minister said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also appealed the citizens to maintain peace on Twitter on Friday. The PM said the verdict, "will not be a victory or defeat" for anyone. In a series of tweets, he appealed to the people that the priority should be to strengthen India's tradition of maintaining peace and harmony.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister also appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony. He has also appealed to the people to not pay heed to rumours. "The administration is fully committed to protecting everyone and maintaining law and order in the state. If any person tries to play with law and order, strict action will be taken against him," Adityanath tweeted.
The Supreme Court is all set to deliver its much-awaited verdict in the Ayodhya title suit case on Saturday at 10.30 am. Ahead of the verdict, section 144 has been imposed all over Uttar Pradesh and other parts of the country. Internet services have also been banned in Aligarh and Bharatpur in Rajasthan till 6 am tomorrow ahead of the verdict.
Schools, Colleges and other educational institutions are also to remain closed for 3 days in UP. Security has been tightened. So far, 18,000 police officers, 3,000 state Rapid Action Force staff and 4,000 Central forces have been deployed to maintain law and order. According to sources, the Chief Secretary and UP DGP himself 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. According to sources, Drones are also being used in sensitive areas to monitor any suspicious activity.