As India awaits the country's highest court to pronounce a verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute on Saturday, Uttar Pradesh DGP OP Singh assured that there are adequate provisions of paramilitary forces, particularly in Ayodhya, while speaking to Republic TV. He also added that preparations have been ongoing for over a month and that all sensitive districts are under close watch. The five-judge SC bench will begin pronouncing the verdict at 10:30 AM.
"We were anticipating the Supreme Court judgment for the last couple of days and have been preparing for the last 1.5 months. We have already stepped up our security measures in the entire state, not just Ayodya. From today onwards, all the police officers and magistrates will be jointly patrolling the areas, taking rounds and monitoring the situation. But at the same time, there are adequate measures for the paramilitary forces, state police in other areas also," he said.
#LIVE on #AcceptAyodhyaVerdict | There are adequate provisions of paramilitary forces, particularly in Ayodhya. All sensitive districts are under close watch: Uttar Pradesh DGP OP Singh says preparations have been ongoing for over a month pic.twitter.com/N2U6Ap0ZHa— Republic (@republic) November 9, 2019
Talking about social media monitoring done by the police, he added, "In Ayodhya, we have deployed paramilitary forces in all nook and corner of the district. At the same time, all sensitive districts like Meraj, Aligarh, Muradabad, Bareilly have been put under close watch and we are trying to take stock of the situation. While our teams are taking rounds in the are, we are monitoring social media which is important for all of us. In fact, I have appealed to people to not put any objectional content through social media - Whatsapp, tweet or Instagram. All precautions have been taken."
Schools, colleges and other educational institutes will remain closed in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka and Delhi, as directed by the various state governments. Additionally, UP has closed all schools, colleges, educational institutions from Saturday to Monday. Security too has been beefed up across the country keeping in view of any untoward incident occurrence due to the Ayodhya verdict.
Apart from educational institutions, police have imposed Section 144 of CrPC (prohibiting an assembly of more than 4 people in an area) in entire Goa, Uttar Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir. Section 144 CrPC has also been imposed in Bengaluru from 7 am-12 midnight. Additionally, section 144 has been imposed banned in the Karnataka's Hubli-Dharwad along with sale of liquor being prohibited. Internet has been shut in Jaipur division from 10 am - 10 pm.
Meanwhile, mobile internet services have been suspended in Rajasthan's Bharatpur till Sunday 6 AM. Jammu and Kashmir administration too has prohibited the sale of liquor and banned bursting of firecrackers. Hyderabad City police too are keeping close watch in sensitive areas in the city. Additional police forces have been deployed in major cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi ahead of the verdict.
In UP, 31 districts are under close watch. Section 144 has been imposed in all these districts b police. Meanwhile, over 600 people on social media are reportedly being closely watched by the police. Additionally, 4,000 para-military personnel have been deployed in Ayodhya and temporary prisons have been allegedly created in every district in the state.
The five-judge bench was constituted on January 25, 2019, to hear the long-contested Ayodhya dispute. As the case progressed after the Centre handed over disputed Ayodhya site to original owners, the bench created a 3-member mediation panel. On August 2, a day after the mediation panel submitted the report of mediation to the SC in a sealed cover, the SC stated that the mediation had failed and began day-to-day hearings - which ran for 40 days, along with a parallel mediation process continuing. The SC announced that it would wrap up the hearing on October 17 and announce its judgment by November 17. Finally, on October 16, the Supreme Court concluded its hearing and reserved its order and the mediation panel submitting its settlement report before the Supreme Court after the Sunni Waqf board surrendered its claim over the disputed land in Ayodhya.