Hours ahead of the much-awaited Ayodhya verdict, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has appealed to the citizens of the country to respect the verdict which is to be announced by the Supreme court of India today. "The verdict on the matter of Ram Mandir which is to be announced by the Supreme Court must be respected by everyone as the country is governed by the Constitution, and the Supreme Court of India is the apex constitutional body in the country. So to respect the Supreme Court's decision is equivalent to respecting the nation itself," said Ramdev. He further added that the verdict is on Ram Mandir and Lord Ram represents harmony. Hence, the public should refrain from inciting violence and disharmony in the name of Lord Ram or Allah, and India must show to the world that all Indians respect the constitution and are united.
Besides Baba Ramdev, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other politicians have appealed to the citizens of the nation to keep calm and maintain law and order in the country. Ahead of the verdict political leaders such as Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat among others have appealed to the public to maintain peace and follow the law.
Mobile internet services have been 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 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 a Z-plus security cover. Security outside the residences of the five judges on the Constitution Bench has also reportedly been beefed up.