Home ministry asks states to remain alert ahead of Ayodhya verdict


New Delhi, Nov 7 (IANS): In view of the Ayodhya verdict expected this month before the retirement of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on November 17, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has sent an advisory to all states to remain alert.

A senior MHA official requesting anonymity said that a general advisory has been sent to all states and Union Territories asking them to remain alert and deploy adequate security personnel in all sensitive places and ensure that no untoward incident takes place anywhere in the country.

The official said that the ministry has also has rushed 40 companies (around 100 personnel each) of paramilitary forces to Uttar Pradesh to assist the state government in maintaining law and order.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also asked his council of ministers to refrain from making unnecessary statements in connection with the Ayodhya verdict.

The MHA has also on Wednesday cautioned the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government to ensure all security preparedness in the temple town, which would be turned into virtual fortress to thwart any untoward incident.

Citing intelligence inputs on terror threat, the Ministry has alerted the Uttar Pradesh government through a circular issued last week on the orders of Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, directing maximum deployment of police force on the ground there and keeping tabs on rumours on social networking sites and through SMS when the apex court would announce its verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute.

A "public address system" should also be put up there, the circular mentions, according to a highly-placed source requesting anonymity.

Apart from Ayodhya, the circular cautioned the Uttar Pradesh government to keep watch on highly sensitive areas in the state and deploy police force at specific locations, following apprehensions that "anti-social elements" may provoke religious sentiments of the people.

The circular was delivered to Uttar Pradesh's Chief Secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari, Director General of Police O.P. Singh and other departments concerned to avoid last-minute glitches, the source said.

A five-judge Supreme Court bench had heard the Ayodhya case on a day-to-day basis for 40 days and reserved its verdict on October 16. The apex court is expected to deliver its verdict on a dispute over the ownership of 2.77 acre of land in Ayodhya before November 17, when Chief Justice Gogoi retires.

The Hindu parties, during the hearing, had argued that the entire 2.77 acres plot is the birthplace of Lord Ram while the Muslim parties claimed the title over the land, saying Muslims had ownership of the land since 1528 when the mosque was built.

 

  

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  • Ramesh Babu, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    This animal is not concerned what is happening in Delhi between the laws, which is the worse thing as happen in India's history.

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  • AMAR NATHAL, MANGALORE

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    Home Ministry is responsible for Peace within the country. So, the Police are directly responsible to maintain Law and Order. Where are the Police who can stand their ground collectively to ascertain their right?
    Take the case of Tis Hazari: PIL in SC for action against Delhi police. Kiran Bedi said to take a tuff stand against Lawyers who break laws.
    Just read that a PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court for setting up of a special investigation team headed by a former judge and registration of an FIR against Delhi Police personnel who participated in an unprecedented 11-hour long “illegal” stir on Tuesday following attack on them in wake of clash with lawyers in Tis Hazari court here on November 2.
    In their plea, advocate G S Mani argued that the protest and agitation launched by the police personnel at Delhi police headquarters and at the India Gate was “shocking, unknown and unprecedented”. Besides, this was in violation of Section 3 of the Police Forces (Restriction of Rights) Act, 1966. They said that the statutory provision prohibited police forces to form an association and to participate, or address or take part in any demonstration organised by by anybody. They sought action against those police personnel in the form of registration of FIR and other disciplinary proceedings for contravening the provision which prescribed maximum jail term of two years.
    My question is: Do police know about their rights? Why can't they be tough on Politicians as a united force when it comes to their interference in Police Department affairs?? Only then politicians will know that they are not above the Law.

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  • Kudla Stories, Kudla

    Thu, Nov 7 2019

    When Gods place of birth becomes a bone of contention, then God loses all respect. But anyways, the guys who destroyed the mosque are as guilty as the guys who destroyed the temple to build the mosque. While i pray God to be the best judge, i also pray sense to prevail. We are all Gods children and no matter what the judgement is, let oeace prevail. I will never forget the mayhem of 1992. I have my own brother and cousin who were sliced like butter. I was witness to so many people dying because i worked in a hospital and saw it first hand. I saw so many mothers lose their sons, saw so many families destroyed. People, let God be the judge of what is right or wrong. Not our ego. May God bless us all.

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