Ayodhya Verdict expected next week: suspense keeps country on its toes

The much awaited verdict on the title suit over the disputed land at Ayodhya is expected to be delivered by the Supreme Court next week

Ayodhya Verdict expected next week: suspense keeps country on its toes

NH Web Desk

The much awaited verdict on the title suit over the disputed land at Ayodhya is expected to be delivered by the Supreme Court next week. But as suspense and speculation build up, BJP leaders seem confident that the verdict would go in favour of the temple.

Here are some of major developments ahead of Ayodhya verdict compiled for you:

Security tightened in Mumbai ahead of Ayodhya case verdict

Mumbai Police have stepped up security, specially in sensitive areas, and are keeping a close watch on social, a police official said.

Prohibitory orders are already in place and no celebration or mourning with respect to the judgement will be allowed in the city, which witnessed communal riots after the demolition of the Babri Masjid in December 1992, he said.

Uttar Pradesh Police gets battle ready for Ayodhya verdict

As the countdown for the Supreme Court verdict begins, the law enforcing agencies in Uttar Pradesh are also getting battle ready.

The Supreme Court is likely to deliver its verdict on the emotive Ayodhya issue before Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi retires on November 17.

Police vehicles are being repaired, the armoury is being re-visited to ensure that there are no last-minute glitches and even the public address system is being tested.

"It is important for us that vehicles and the public address system are in perfect order in places that are communally sensitive. This would not just help in countering rumours and also help in crowd control. Rumours and uncontrolled mobs can play havoc in a situation, where mass sentiment is involved," said a senior police officer.

The Police headquarters has already issued directions to police chiefs in the 34 communally sensitive districts including Meerut, Agra, Aligarh, Rampur, Bareilly, Ferozabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, Saharanpur, Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Bulandshahr and Azamgarh.

Ayodhya case: Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind says will respect SC verdict, appeals to Muslims to abide by it

Exuding confidence that the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case will be based on "evidence and not faith", prominent Muslim body Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind on Wednesday said it will respect the top court's ruling in the matter, and also appealed to Muslims to abide by it.

Jamiat chief Syed Arshad Madani, at a press conference, also claimed that its mediation offer that Muslims will give up the claim on the 'Ram Chabutra' provided the Hindu parties give up their claim over the three-dome portion and its courtyard area did not succeed as the Hindu parties, involved in the case, refused to budge, and claimed the entire land, including where the Masjid once stood.

Avoid unnecessary statements on Ayodhya, maintain harmony: PM to ministers

Ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya issue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the sensitive matter with his council of minister on Wednesday and asked them to refrain from making unnecessary statements on the subject and maintain harmony in the country, sources said.

The prime minister made these remarks at a meeting of the council of ministers, while asserting the need to maintain an atmosphere of amity and harmony in the country.

He had described it as an example of how a united voice could strengthen the country.

Centre cautions UP govt ahead of Ayodhya verdict

As the Supreme Court is expected to deliver its judgment in the Ayodhya land dispute case next week, Union Home Ministry has 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 posing a threat to the law and order situation.

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 and keep tabs on rumours on social networking sites and through SMS when the apex court would announce its verdict over 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.

There will be no riots post Ayodhya verdict: RSS leader

Asserting that Indian citizens irrespective of their religion believe in peace and harmony, senior Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) leader Indresh Kumar has said that there will be no riots whatever be the Supreme Court's verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case.

Kumar, a member of RSS National Executive Committee, said the apex court's verdict is not linked to any religion or faith and it shouldn't be seen as anyone's victory or defeat.

"When the triple talaq law came into effect, it ensured protection of rights of 8.4 crore Muslim women. It also saved 8.62 crore men from going to jahannum (hell). Even though it was an internal matter of Muslims, few people tried to make it a Hindu-Muslim conflict. However, no riots happened," said Kumar.

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Published: 7 Nov 2019, 8:21 AM